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    Talk to Al Jazeera - Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu: Combating Islamophobia

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Immigrants in Sweden, many of them Muslims, have been rioting for several nights, saying they feel excluded from society. This quickly caused a rise in voices heard calling for more restrictions on immigration. Last week in the UK, a Muslim convert killed a British soldier on a London street, and this was quickly followed by several attacks on mosques in the country. When events such as these take place, and tensions rise, is there anyone around who speaks on behalf of all Muslims? One man says he does. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Headquartered in Saudi Arabia and funded by Islamic nations across the world, the OIC is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations and has membership of 57 states spread over four continents. On this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, Jane Dutton sat down with Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu to discuss some hot topics in Europe at present: including discrimination, freedom of expression and religious persecution.