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Hunger, chaos, thawed mud everywhere, uncollected debris, water pipes bursting, unofficial warnings of tainted water supplies, gas explosions. Unrest among Free Britons. Today being pay day, pay parades lined up punctually at FB centres at 09.00 hours. Moratorium on pay declared. No cash available. Violence. Arab leader spoke Oxford English at conference in Al-Dorchester ballroom (Sheikh Isa Ta'ala? Name seemed to be in doubt) about awareness of unpopularity of Arabs and Muslims generally in angry strikebound Britain, but Islam had known hostility throughout its long existence and there was no intention of withdrawal of Arab presence. Much Arab money tied up in British property.

- 1985 by ANthony burgess

What does the author meany by saying: Name seemed to be in doubt? (emphasis in text is mine).

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The people present seemed to be unclear as to the speaker's correct name.

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  • What do you mean by "people present"? Readers? Writer?
    – 1amroff
    Sep 9, 2021 at 9:32
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    The people who were present at the conference where the Sheikh spoke. Sep 9, 2021 at 13:45

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