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Proving Islam true?

Back in September, the Pope’s use of a medieval quotation in a speech in Germany concerning violence and Islam, taken out of context, led to ‘outrage’ in the Muslim community. Since then, among other things, the Pope has been warned not to visit Turkey on pain of death. The threat seems to many to prove the point about violence and Islam.

John Benton

More recently, in October, former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw’s suggestion that community relations in Britain might be helped if Muslim women did not wear full veils was reported as having ‘provoked anger’ among many Muslim spokesmen.