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People Like Us: How Arrogance is Dividing Islam and the West, by Waleed Aly;

Wesley College has done its job well. This prestigious Melbourne private school has produced another star graduate in the Muslim lawyer Waleed Aly. Accused by an internet blogger of implementing “slow-motion Sharia”, Aly has become an articulate spokesman for Islam in Australia. His People Like Us has a commendable goal—to help bridge the gap of understanding between Islam and the West. The even-handed approach on some controversial issues is a delight. He is not afraid to take the knife to a few sacred cows, both “Western” and “Islamic”. (He questions the usefulness of those categories.) At other times this young…

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