Muslim leaders have been criticised by a University of Oxford academic for not doing enough to tackle extremists.

At the same time a parliamentary committee has attacked a central plank of the Government's counter-extremism programme by arguing that its "Prevent" strategy has "stigmatised and alienated" Muslims.

Nick Chatrath, a researcher at Oxford's Faculty of Oriental Studies, claims in a paper to be published this week that in the face of growing radicalisation in Britain, Muslim leaders are ignoring extremists' points of view and glossing over some of the more unsavoury parts of Islam's ancient texts.

In an essay in next month's Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Mr Chatrath called for a more open engagement by moderate Muslims with the arguments of extremists.

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