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Under New Management
Muslims aspire to open a mosque in a small English town eager to preserve tradition.
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2009 14:54 GMT

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Filmmaker: Paul Sapin

If you could conjure an image of the quintessential English community it would possibly look like the small town of Clitheroe in the north of the UK.

It has a net population of 16,000, an ancient castle on a hill and an Anglican church established in 1122.

It nestles in the beautiful rolling hills of Lancashire, cradle of the industrial revolution.

But today, Clitheroe has become a symbol of divisions and arguments of multiculturalism in the place of Islam in modern Britain.

After nearly 40 years of trying the tiny Muslim community has just been given permission to open a mosque in a town with one of the most imposing and well known churches.

Paul Sapin's film shows a small community cling to its traditions while another seeks recognition when the old Mount Zion church comes under new management.

Source:
Al Jazeera
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