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Sadiq Khan’s Democratic Islam

The victory of Sadiq Khan in London's mayoral race represents the submission not of democracy to Islam, but of Islam to democracy. That democracy – British democracy – should be proud not only to have welcomed Islam but also to have helped it reform.

PARIS – The man of the hour in the United Kingdom, if not in Europe, is obviously Sadiq Khan – Pakistani by origin, Muslim by faith, and newly elected Mayor of London.

There are several ways to look at Khan’s victory.

One can repeat the litany of complaints that his Conservative opponent leveled against him, legitimately, throughout the campaign. There was Khan’s September 2004 meeting with Islamic radicals under the auspices of the pro-Palestinian organization Friends of Al-Aqsa. There was his 2009 interview on Iranian television, in which he compared Britain's moderate Muslims to “Uncle Toms.”

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