Manchester University Press criticised for publishing book linked to Islamist advocacy group

6th July 2020

David Toube, policy director of the extremism think tank Quilliam, said Cage has a “long and disturbing track record of rallying support for dangerous terrorists”, adding it was a “slap in the face” for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing that Manchester University’s publishing house is publishing the book.”

Haras Rafiq, also of Quilliam and a former Government advisor on tackling extremism, said as someone born in Greater Manchester, he was particularly insulted as one contributor, Fahad Ansari, had written for Cage criticising the “unfairness” of the extradition from the UK to the US of Abid Naseer, who was subsequently jailed for plotting to blow up the Manchester Arndale Centre, a conviction he described as “weak”.

He said the book gave Cage a “veneer of academic respectability”.