A new generation of Muslim leaders is emerging in Boston, taking the helm of established religious institutions and forming new civil rights and political advocacy groups.

The younger leaders grew up in America, unlike many of their predecessors, and appear more willing to raise concerns about counterterrorism efforts targeting their community amid the rise of Islamic extremism and its global online recruitment efforts.

The new leaders are also trying to forge solidarity across the state's diverse Muslim communities and to develop political clout by organizing on civic issues and participating in campaigns for elected office.

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