Author Archives: David Toube

Trevor Phillips and the MCB: The Case Against Governmental Re-Engagement

Trevor Phillips, the founding chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has been suspended by the Labour party on allegations of ‘Islamophobia’. The charge sheet can be read here. It includes his mockery of a pressure group which calls itself the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) for nominating him as “Islamophobe of the Year”

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Black Hebrew Israelites Turn to Antisemitic Terrorism

“Black Hebrew Israelite” is a term that is applied to a range of groups, whose origins lie in the great late 19th century flourishing of new religious movements which include the Nation of Islam. Just as the Nation of Islam is defined by its heterodox take on Islam, the Black Hebrew Israelites syncretise aspects of

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How Britain Failed To Stop Usman Khan

We now know that the London Bridge terrorist, Usman Khan, was “a student and personal friend” of the Al Muhajiroun leader, Anjem Choudary. Following his conviction for terrorist offences, he served six years in prison. As Hannah Stuart, Head of Research at the Commission for Countering Extremism, noted in 2017, a high percentage of British

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The Perils of Mainstreaming Islamism: Sahar Al-Faifi and Plaid Cymru

In our paper for the Commission for Countering Extremism,  Mainstreaming Islamism: Islamist institutions and civil society organisations, published last month, we considered the energy that Islamist organisations devote to forming links with mainstream institutions, and the risks that those bodies run when they create such relationships. One of the focuses of our paper was the

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Mainstreaming Islamism: Islamist Institutions and Civil Society Organisations

This paper has been commissioned and published by the Commission for Countering Extremism. You may read it in full, here. Throughout the 1990s and into the first decades of this century, a speaking circuit consisting of a series of preachers with a deep attachment to islamist political and religious theory toured a number of British

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Mufti Abdullah Patel on the Tory Leadership Debate

The Conservative candidates debate last night was a predictably dreary affair: reminiscent of a Freshers’ Week event at the Oxford Union Society. At the end of the hour’s viewing pretty much every prejudice that the population of this country might hold about politicians in general would have been amply reinforced. There has been some comment

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A Question of Tone

Over a decade ago, I spent some time cataloguing the various hate preachers and dubious meetings taking place at the East London Mosque and the activities of the associated Jamaat-e-Islami aligned Islamic Forum Europe. A number of my pieces considered the conduct of a particular IFE activist, who was given to making especially inflammatory statements.

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Kingston University and Suicide Bombers

In 2003, Asif Hanif – Britain’s first jihadist suicide bomber – murdered three people at Mike’s Bar in Tel Aviv. He had attended Kingston University. This week, a second alumnus of Kingston University, Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, committed a horrifyingly bloody massacre in Sri Lanka. A significant number of takfiri jihadist terrorists have passed through

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New Zealand Massacre: White Nationalist Iconography and Ideology

The manifesto and the gun decorations displayed by Brenton Tarrant, the man arrested for the horrifying massacre of scores of worshippers at two New Zealand mosques, are steeped in the iconography of the neo Nazi far Right. This is a deliberate choice: the purpose of the attack is to spread these ideas. Many readers will

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