Based on hitherto untapped source materials, this book charts the
history of Muslim missionary activity in London from 1912, when the
first Indian Muslim missionaries arrived in London, until 1944.
During this period a unique community was forged out of British
converts and native Muslims from various parts of the world, which
focused itself around a purpose built mosque in Woking and later
the first mosque to open in London in 1924. Arguing that an
understanding of Muslim mission in this period needs to place such
activity in the context of colonial encounter, Islam and Britain
provides a background narrative into why Muslim missionary activity
in London was part of a variety of strategies to engage with
European expansion and overzealous Christian missionary activity in
India. Ron Geaves draws on research undertaken in India and
Pakistan, where the Ahmadiya missionaries have kept extensive
archives of this period which until now have been unavailable to
scholars. Unique in providing an account of Islamic missionary work
in Britain from the Islamic perspective, Islam and Britain adds to
our knowledge and understanding of British Muslim history and makes
an important contribution to the literature concerned with Islamic
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