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Loyal Enemies Book Cover Loyal Enemies
Jamie Gilham
Islam
Hurst & Company, London
2013
256

'Loyal Enemies' uncovers the history of the earliest British converts to Islam who lived their lives freely as Muslims on British soil, from the 1850s to the 1950s. Drawing on original archival research, it reveals that people from across the range of social classes defied convention by choosing Islam in this period.

Salaam comment: Jamie Gilham's research on British Muslim personalities like Lord Headley Quilliam and Pickthall is excellent and will be a valuable starting point for new lines of enquiry. However one quibble - from p. 56Quilliam also admired the Muslim tradition of zakat and was encouraged by the Masonic-like fraternity and solidarity among Muslims epitomised in the concept of umma....

It is bizarre for the author to compare the brotherhood and sisterhood of the ummah with  Freemasonry, which has bizarre initiation rites, robes and secret handshakes!

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