Are Muslim enclaves no-go areas, forcing other people out, asks historian John Cornwell

Where are the Muslim enclaves in our towns and cities? Are they really no-go areas and are they forcing others out? John Cornwell, one of Britain’s leading historians and commentators on religion, navigates the multicultural minefields that are polarising the nation.


 Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar (Allah is the greatest, Allah is the greatest). Ash-hadu alla ilaha illa-llah (I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah).

The call to prayer resounds across the rooftops before dawn, bringing echoes of the Levant to provincial Luton and its 30,000 Muslims. But for infidel locals, the holy wake-up is a curse. “I’d like to pull the plug on that caterwauling,” a second-generation Luton Irish woman tells me. “I go to work, and I’ve got two small kids. It’s just not fair on non-Muslim families around here.”

While nearly three out of four people in Britain claim some form of Christian affiliation, Christianity makes ever less demands on the public space. Even nativity plays are surrendering to the sensitivities of secularists and other faiths. But the impact of Britain’s estimated 1.6m Muslims is increasingly assertive. Asian Muslims account for about 1 in 50 of British citizens, yet they dominate entire districts in the vicinities of their more than 1,350 mosques: 10 of them in Luton alone. Are Muslim enclaves making a contribution to a flourishing multicultural mosaic? Or are they undermining the cohesion of Britain’s civil society?

When Archbishop Rowan Williams delivered his ratiocinations on adoption of sharia, it sent shockwaves through the nation. His initiative was emphatically rebuffed. Earlier, Michael Nazir-Ali, the Pakistani-born Anglican Bishop of Rochester, caused a rumpus by calling for an end to “‘no-go’ areas” for non-Muslims in Britain, suggesting Islam must integrate with us. He was applauded and disparaged in equal measure by faith leaders and community activists. Muslim extremists issued death threats. But where are the alleged “no-go” areas?

And how do they constitute a danger to the fabric of British society?

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8 thoughts on “Are Muslim enclaves no-go areas, forcing other people out, asks historian John Cornwell”

  1. These no go zones need to be treated like an infection and removed before it spreads and kills the patient. If the police can’t do it then send in the military.

  2. ISLAMSFORLOSERS>>”These no go zones need to be treated like an infection and removed before it spreads and kills the patient.


  3. I note that this morning,here in Australia,Martin Ferguson…another ex trade union leader…has given his views on the so called “white flight” from schools.
    His answer to the locals not wanting to have their childrens schooling affected by ever increasing numbers of ethnic minorities is to “spread the numbers of ‘refugees’across all schools.
    Presumably so that there will be no escape from the labour partys attempts to brainwash our kids as to the benefits in store for them

  4. “Jesus Will R(a)ise The Sword Of Islam” is a false statement, and may be blasphemous;
    it is certainly forgiveable if the muslim comes to repentance. Referring to a “Trinity Of
    Evil” (implying that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are evil) is certainly blasphemous, and
    possibly constitutes blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which is the “unpardonable sin”.

    “Allah” has his followers in a rage about “blasphemous cartoons” of the false prophet
    Mo, but is leading his followers into committing a sin that will not be forgiven in this
    life, or in the next.

    (eg Luke 12:10 & elsewhere)
    Everyone who says something against the Son of Man will be forgiven.
    But the person who dishonors the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

    Islam’s future, such as it is, is at Hamongog rather than Rome.

  5. Has anyone ever been to Christmas Island, and the Cocos Islands? There, muslims have segregated themselves from the non-muslim population. The muslims have their own town on Christmas Island, and on the Cocos have their own Island. Non-muslims living on the other island have to get permission if they want to visit the muslim island.

    And it has been like this since the end of the 19th century.

  6. What the hell are muslims doing living in a place called Christmas Island??? maybe all the little red crabbies will get them all some day : )

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