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Conference looks at Muslim issues
Better services and youth opportunities for young British Muslims are among topics for discussion at a conference hosted by the University of Birmingham.

The first National Conference on Muslim Youth Work on Monday will be held at the International Convention Centre.

It will look at providing positive services for young British Muslims.

Themes for the event will include Qur'anic Notions of Childhood and Youth, plus political representation for young British Muslims.

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The conference will hear from government, education experts and those involved in youth work.

Prof Tariq Ramadan, Dr Bobby Sayyid from the University of Leeds' School of Sociology, and Tom Wylie, Director of the National Youth Agency will speak.

Dr Gill Cressey from the university's School of Education said: "The issues of providing support for young British Muslims have been brought sharply into focus by the events of July 7th, but the reality is that they have been present for many years.

"The aim is to focus the current debate in a positive way to see what services could be developed in the future."

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