It is not very often that the word Muslim is juxtaposed to something positive in global news. Sadiq Khan’s election as the first Muslim mayor of London was one of those refreshingly rare occasions earlier last month. Despite being the underdog in the race, Khan’s commanding victory represents a significant milestone not only for British Muslims but for Western Muslims in general.
Sadiq Khan Mayor of London
Rotterdam’s Ahmed Aboutaleb has been mayor of Rotterdam since 2009.
Naheed Nenshi Mayor of Calgary
This phenomenon is also a clear refutation of the critics of multiculturalism, such as PM David Cameron, who claim that the strategy has failed. On the contrary, it can be argued that multiculturalism is the only way forward in our diverse societies. The alternative to multiculturalism is French-style nationalism which has largely struggled to empower young Muslims to become fully enfranchised in their communities; this approach has only lead to ghettoization of European Muslims. It is only through a multiculturalism which organically embraces Muslims into a nation’s social fabric that we might hope to create healthy societies free from the mires of fear, isolationism and hate. (…)
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