A powerful and deeply personal exploration of a divided country - and a hopeful vision for change.
'This is not another book about the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims. It is THE book. . . . Absolutely not to be missed.' - Matthew d'Ancona
Sarfraz Manzoor grew up in a working-class Pakistani Muslim family in Luton - where he was raised to believe that they
were different, they
had an alien culture and they
would never accept him. They
were white people.
In today's deeply divided Britain we are often told they
are different, they
have a different culture and values and they
will never accept this country. This time they
Weaving together history, reportage and memoir, Sarfraz Manzoor journeys around Britain in search of the roots of this division - from the fear that Islam promotes violence, to the suspicion that Muslims wish to live segregated lives, to the belief that Islam is fundamentally misogynistic. THEY
is also Manzoor's search for a more positive future. We hear stories from Islamic history of a faith more tolerant and progressive than commonly assumed, and stories of hope from across the country which show how we might bridge the chasm of mutual mistrust. THEY
is at once fiercely urgent, resolutely hopeful and profoundly personal. It is the story of modern, Muslim Britain as it has never been told.
'Humane, heart breaking and hopeful' - Kirsty Wark
'Extraordinarily researched and courageously confronting, Sarfraz Manzoor writes with a rare blend of historical depth and personal authenticity. Profoundly personal and refreshingly honest, They tells the urgent and often untold story of Muslim Britain.' - David Lammy MP