Introduction

“It is really astonishing,” wrote Abdullah Quilliam “to hear from the lips of educated English people the most ridiculous and erroneous statements with reference to the supposed doings and sayings of the prophet Mahomed, and the tenets they imagine the followers of Islam to hold.”[1] The ‘erroneous’ statements did not end there. It even included Quilliam’s own ‘community’ that he set up in Liverpool.