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The News Minute | December 28, 2014 | 4:50 pm IST

Sir Winston Churchill, one of the most prominent Prime Minister’s of the United Kingdom was known for his long political career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century.

However, according to a report in The Telegraph, the former Prime Minister was also a strong admirer of the Islam to such an extent that his relatives feared he might convert.

The fears are showcased in a letter written in August 1907 to Churchill from his future sister-in-law pleading him not to convert to Islam and was discovered by Warren Dockter, a history research fellow at Cambridge University.

According to Warren, the fears expressed in the letter were justified as not only did Churchill appear to regard Islam and Christianity as equals but he also showed great interest in the history and expansion of the Ottoman Empire.

The report also adds that the tension between Islam and the West has its roots in the fact that Churchill helped the reorganization of the Middle East countries post WW1, which was preceded by the collapse of the Ottoman empire. 

Read the full report here

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