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English Beginnings Caribbean Roots - Story of a New Muslim Community in East Anglia

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To attempt to explain the geo-political, historical and sociological forces that impinge upon the emergence of the Islamic phenomenon is a task beyond our present scope. As for the infinitely more complex matter of describing how these forces have combined with the minute and invisible movements and encounters within and between small organisations, informal groups and families in order to give rise to new communities, lies even further from our compass.

Therefore, this short narrative makes no claim to trace the unknowable origins of Islam in Britain or even in Norfolk. What it provides is the slenderest outline, based on the recollections of those who were present, of certain events that would eventually lead to the settlement in Norwich of the community whose story forms the basis of this presentation.

Uthman Ibrahim-Morrison was born to Jamaican parents in London and studied law as an undergraduate at UCL before going on to pursue postgraduate studies in applied linguistics at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He became Muslim in 1987 and had a leading hand in the establishment of the Brixton Mosque in South London in 1990. He became founder Chairman of the Blackstone Foundation educational trust in 1993 and presently lives in the city of Norwich as a prominent member of the well known Ihsan Mosque community, where he has been occupied with specialist teaching, writing and publishing since 1995.

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