The Government and the media have focused the attention of the public on what it means to be British and on national cohesion. The impact of the war in Afghanistan and in Iraq on race relations has been devastating. September the 11th, the London bombings and the ‘war on terror’ didn’t create Islamophobia, but has certainly sharpened and intensified it. The stories the Dolls ‘tell’ can help counter the stream of Islamophobic views and attitudes that many children are hearing at home, in the playground and on TV.

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