Author Archives: Haras Rafiq

Taking Grooming Gangs Seriously

In December 2017, we at Quilliam put out a report entitled Group-Based Child Sexual Exploitation: Dissecting “Grooming Gangs” We decided to produce this report because we were concerned that the debate around this issue had been skewed by anti-Muslim populists. Those populists had used the high number of convictions to peddle anti-Muslim hatred. We wanted

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Extremists and Tech Companies

On October 8th 2018, The Times reported that Islamist groups have been raising funds through the third richest company in the world: Amazon. Now that that story has broken, it is time to consider how many other tech platforms are being used in this manner. The answer, I’m sorry to say, is that quite a

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Enough is Enough: Quilliam and Maajid do not ‘Peddle Islamophobia’

For over 10 years, organisations and journalists have falsely peddled two claims about Maajid Nawaz and Quilliam. The first is that we are purveyors of anti-Muslim hatred. The second is that we are “closet Islamists”. Both lies are equally offensive. The Guardian is the latest organisation to accept that it is untrue to describe us as

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The Labour Party isn’t just institutionally racist – it has become institutionally supportive of extremism

Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party has come under significant criticism in relation to antisemitism. It is difficult to identify the lowest point in the past month’s saga. The protracted wrangling over the adoption of the internationally recognised International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, the assertion that British Zionists – the vast majority

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