Of the 1,300 mosques in Britain, the Shah Jahan Mosque stands out. That
northern Europe's first purpose-built mosque is to be found in Woking
will surprise many; that it is still flourishing today would once have
seemed equally improbable.

The mosque's 120-year history mirrors some of the complexities in the
variable relationship that Britain and Islam have enjoyed in the same
period. It was founded in 1889, flourished for a decade, then fell into
decay. Twenty years later it was restored and until the construction of
the East London Mosque in 1940 it was the only building of its kind in
Britain.

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