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Muslims in Ireland seek 'integration not assimilation'
Muslims in Ireland are not interested in assimilation, according to a new book to be published next Thursday. Titled Islam and Education in Ireland, it is written by Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin's Clonskeagh who is also a lecturer at Trinity College Dublin and the Mater Dei Institute.
In the book he says that "the Muslim community in Ireland expresses its interest not in assimilation but rather in integration and unity." He continues "it is worth noting that one-thid of the Muslim community in Ireland (estimated at numbering approximately 65,000) are Irish citizens."
He points out that "Muslims generally feel at home in Ireland. This could not have happened without giving Muslims the rights to which they, as citizens, are entitled."
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