chapter  1
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Religion and Urban Theory

A couple of years ago I had some work done by a local plumber. He did his job and then, as he was leaving, we got to chatting. He asked me what I did for a living and I told him that I taught at Birmingham University. ‘What do you teach?’ he asked. I replied ‘Religion’, one of many alternatives I can use, but probably the most general and the most widely understood. ‘Oh’, he said, ‘I was at the house of a Muslim the other day, nice chap, had a large picture of a man with a turban just inside his front door’.