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Muslim integration college opens


The new Muslim college has just a handful of students in its first year

A new college in Cambridge has begun offering courses on how to integrate Islam into British society.

The Cambridge Muslim College has just a handful of students, each of whom have ambitions to become a religious leader at a mosque or within the community.

They are taking courses on subjects including Christianity, Judaism, international affairs and British law.

Tutors will also advise them on how to provide counselling on issues such as drug abuse.

Student Saleem Seedat, 25, from Blackburn, said: "I think there's a misunderstanding and sometimes confusion around the issue of how we can be loyal to two different identities - being British and being Muslim.

"This course will hopefully allow us to formulate a response to that problem."

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