Journal

  • Response to Home Affairs Committee call for evidence - We publish below Quilliam’s response to the Home Affairs Committee call for evidence, which asks in particular for our views on impact of official adoption of a definition of Islamophobia, in the context of the report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims calling for the adoption of an official working definition of Islamophobia. We
    Read more...
  • The Far Right’s Roots in Europe - In recent weeks I have addressed the rise of the extreme right in both the United States and the United Kingdom. In both countries, we are witnessing the proliferation of right-wing organisations that are committed to visiting terror on innocent civilians. To name a few, these groups include the Rise Against Movement, the Atomwaffen Division,
    Read more...
  • Over-Moralization of Immigration Is Bad for All Parties - Immigration is shaping up to be the defining issue of this decade. After the refugee crisis following the Arab Spring uprisings in the early 2010s, native resentment of generous immigration policies in the West are now front-and-center in our discourse. Research and polls suggest that this sentiment is the single largest contributor to the populist
    Read more...
  • Dialogue Over Division – Lord Ashdown and Maajid Nawaz - To mark the passing of Lord Ashdown, we are posting a short video that Lord Ashdown and Maajid Nawaz made for the Liberal Democrats a few years ago, with a timeless message. Lord Ashdown: The politics of the Devil’s songs is easy, anybody could do that. Anybody could make a political appeal that is to
    Read more...
  • History will damn us for our apathy towards migrants - In the garden of the Righteous Among Nations in Jerusalem, a memorial to the gentiles who helped Jews during the Holocaust, the smell of pine fills the air and the sun dapples the white stone plaques, engraved with thousands of names. One of those Righteous, Gustav Schrӧder, the captain of the ship St Louis, ferried
    Read more...
  • الإسلام ومستقبل التسامح: حوار بين سام هارس وماجد نواز - هذا الكتيب الصغير الحجم نسبيا يشتمل على حوار ماتع عن الإسلام واشكالية التجديد والإصلاح والتحديات السياسية والإجتماعية المعاصرة لقراءه النصوص الدينية . أعتقد أن من أهم ما يميز الكتاب أنه حوار سهل وبسيط مع العمق الشديد فى معالجة المسائل المهمة والحساسة والتى تثار من حين لآخر فى الأديان جميعا والإسلام بصفة خاصة مثل مسألة العلاقة
    Read more...
  • Haredi communities need a vision for a sustainable future - In a recent piece in the JC, Jonathan Boyd, the director of Jewish Policy Research, argues that haredi (ultra-orthodox) Jewish communities are growing compared to other parts of the community. He also argues that a wider engagement with society is critical. I agree. But not unlike the Melanie Phillips piece that he mentions, Boyd is
    Read more...
  • Dying Democracy? Defending Our Freedom in the Face of Corrosive Hatred - This is the text of an address by Dr Charlotte Knobloch at the delivered at the joint symposium between Cumberland Lodge and CCJ: Democracy in Crisis? Moral and Spiritual Resistance Democracy in Crisis? Moral and Spiritual Resistance Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you very much for your invitation, and for the opportunity to speak to you today.
    Read more...
  • The Hopkins Trajectory - If Britain’s media culture can be thought of, in abstract, as Victor Frankenstein, Katie Hopkins thinks of herself as its monster. She is proud of the phrase but likely not of some of its implications. Hopkins wanted absolution from blame, painting herself almost as a Newtonian reaction. This is unsustainable. But she is a little
    Read more...
  • The Depressing Saga of the Holocaust Exhibition in Golders Green - The story of those non-Jews – including Muslims – who put their lives on the line during the Holocaust to save their Jewish friends and neighbours is one of the few luminous points in one of the darkest periods of human history. Ironically, although not unexpectedly, an attempt to retell that story has handed an
    Read more...
  • America is Failing to Recognise the Threat of Far-Right Terrorism - On August 6th 2001, then-President Bush received the day’s Presidential Daily Brief (PDB), a top-secret document integrating latest intelligence from the CIA, NSA, FBI, and other members of the US intelligence community. Titled ‘Bin Laden Determined to Attack US’, this PDB now lives in infamy, with reports stating President Bush responded to the CIA officer
    Read more...
  • Beheading, Decapitation and Mutilation - The world awoke to yet another heinous crime, similar in its monstrosity to the burning alive of the Jordanian pilot Mu’az al-Kasasbah and the public beheadings of the American journalist James Foley and the British charity worker Alan Henning. Images and videos of completely severed and partially severed heads of the two Scandinavian tourists in
    Read more...
  • Implications of the U.S. Government New Africa Strategy - The Trump administration has put the United Nations, and China on notice in a new Africa strategy unveiled by John Bolton, the National Security Adviser. The new strategy is a significant shift for the U.S. and counters growing Chinese and Russian influence in Africa, according to reports. The new strategy seeks to counter Chinese investments
    Read more...
  • Muziqa Mizrahit in the Arab World - Sometimes at the restaurant which I work at, we play our own music on the speakers, and I’m usually the DJ. The mix tends to go through a plethora of rap, raï, R’n’B and whatever else is on my phone. I also have a significant collection of Israeli music on my phone but I have Arab
    Read more...
  • A New Right Reading List - When Osama bin Laden was found by the special forces of the United States and met his end, there was surprising attention paid to this bookshelf. First, and understandably, the volumes present were the subject of understandable interest. That bin Laden appeared to like the books of Noam Chomsky, at least enough to include them
    Read more...
  • Jews, the British Labour Party, and How We Fell Out - This is the text of a speech that I delivered to the Society of Czech Jewish Academics I would like to start with an observation that would not, now, shock anybody at all in the United Kingdom, but which genuinely surprised British Jews who were active in Left wing politics. Whereas in most of Western Europe,
    Read more...
  • A Grand Betrayal - This is a cross post from Catherine Lafferty Sometimes a grand betrayal serves as a mirror of truth, revealing that a person or institution has travelled so far from its origins that it has become something altogether different. The pact signed by Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov in the summer of 1939 is a
    Read more...
  • Jihadist Gains in Mozambique are Indicative of a Larger Problem - The growing threat of jihadist terrorism in Africa was underscored this past weekend with a suspected Islamist attack on the village of Chicuaia Velha in northern Mozambique. The attackers hacked at innocent villagers with machetes and burned houses down as they went. When it was all over, they had killed a total of twelve people and forced many
    Read more...
  • Why the APPG’s Definition of Islamophobia is not up to scratch - The APPG on British Muslims has produced its report, Islamophobia Defined. It is not, in essence, an Islamist definition. Although it was compiled with the support of an academic, Dr Antonio Perra, formerly of MEND, who has accused Quilliam of having borrowed “elements of both Far-Right and Liberal Islamophobia”, there is little of that sort
    Read more...
  • The Sara Conference: Women against Antisemitism against Women - On 26th November a conference took place in Westminster, organised by the APPG, All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism. I only heard about it at the last minute and was too late to get security clearance for more than the opening breakfast launch. It was an epic hour. Luciana Berger MP (Lab) introduced the breakfast speakers
    Read more...
  • Preventing Islamist Extremism in Liberal Democracies - I attended the Home Affairs conference in Prague last week, where I spoke on a panel on the subject of preventing Islamist extremism in liberal democracies. This is broadly what I had to say. Here are five points which give you a flavour of the lessons that we have learnt in combating extremism and political
    Read more...
  • The Hijab Must be Permitted in Congress - Democrats, now having secured a majority in the House of Representatives, plan to propose several rule changes next year when the new Members take their seats. Among these changes will be a lift on the 181-year-old ban of headwear on the House floor – a move primarily motivated by the incoming Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Abdullahi
    Read more...
  • Thanksgiving Message 2018 - On this Thanksgiving holiday, Quilliam International takes a moment to share to our friends a message of appreciation and thankfulness. On behalf of all of our staff, Quilliam is thankful for our families, friends and supporters who remain steadfast against the fight against extremism in all its forms and who seek to create healthy and
    Read more...
  • Murder in the name of Allah - This is a guest post by Susanna Craig I lay my cards on the table from the outset. I consider the term blasphemy to mean ‘the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God.’ And whilst I choose to not do this myself, as a believer, I believe that the Almighty
    Read more...
  • Debate: This House WOULD Tolerate Religious Fundamentalism - On Friday, I had the pleasure of opposing the motion, “This house would not tolerate religious fundamentalism” at Exeter University Debating Society. My team mate was Simon Perfect of Theos. We were opposed by Chris Street of the Atheist Society and Helen Nicholls of the National Secular Society. Helen and I essentially agreed with each
    Read more...
  • Why conspiracy theories are not just a harmless joke - As October drew to a close, two acts of far-right terrorism took place on American soil. A pipe bomb was sent to the Jewish philanthropist George Soros, with further bombs posted to a series of prominent US liberals. Shortly afterwards, a lone gunman murdered 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The prime suspects in each
    Read more...
  • Tackling Misdirected Blame—Disavowing All Forms of Anti-Semitism - This is a cross post from Areo Magazine by Charleen Adams  It’s been almost two weeks since it happened. The US has had a midterm election. We’ve cast our votes in the hopes of a better future. We continue to grieve for those murdered and injured while celebrating life in a shulin Pittsburgh. But the gunman, with
    Read more...
  • Neither Pet nor Threat: The State of American Muslims - The American political environment is now more in flux than ever. The recent midterm election this past week was not only characterized by the candidature of an unprecedented number of women, of whom a number came from minority backgrounds, but also resulted in the election of two Muslim women to Congress. Moreover, the vocal and
    Read more...
  • The Quilliam Winter Gala: In Review - In a whirl of glitz and glamour, Quilliam International’s Winter Gala brought together hundreds of people with the same interest at heart: promoting solidarity between communities. The guests were greeted in the Ladies’ Smoking Room in the Renaissance Hotel, where they were able to see a number of items for sale at auction, and to
    Read more...
  • 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
    Read more...
  • Don Lemon’s comments on American extremist violence: accurate but divisive - Over the course of the past two weeks, a slew of terrorist attacks has shaken the country to its core. There was the Trump-obsessed stripper DJ Cesar Sayoc who sent a dozen pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and left-wing celebrities. There was the shooting of two black customers at a Kentucky Kroger by Gregory Bush.
    Read more...
  • Al Qaeda’s Resurgence Is a Symptom of our Failure to Understand Islamist Terrorism - Since 2014 the Islamic State (or ‘IS’) has placed their bid as the global sponsor for jihad. The group has achieved a historic success during its time, namely, becoming the first terrorist organisation to hold vast territory. Most of the world’s attention has focused on how the group has since lost the vast majority of
    Read more...
  • Iain Duncan Smith speaks out against MEND - Yesterday, we discussed the decision of two Lewisham MPs –  Janet Daby (who withdrew at the last minute) and Vicky Foxcroft – to share a platform with the notorious extremist preacher, Shakeel Begg. I noted that it would be possible for the MPs to withdraw from the event, but observed that it is rare that
    Read more...
  • Reciprocal Radicalisation: Shakeel Begg, Labour, and the Democratic Football Lads Alliance - UPDATE: 7 November 2018: Janet Daby MP pulled out of the event This is not an article about Imam Shakeel Begg. Everything that there is to know about Begg is now a matter of public record. Rather, its purpose is to discuss the process by which extremism enters the political mainstream, and the consequences of
    Read more...
  • The Takfiri position on Weapons of Mass Destruction (part 2) - Part one of this piece noted that the Takfiri jihadists have already produced a theological, jurisprudential justification for the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction (“WMDs”). This article explains why their reasoning is wrong. It also illustrates the fundamental compatibility between the modern principles of international humanitarian law with Islamic ethical principles espoused by Muslim
    Read more...
  • The Takfiri position on Weapons of Mass Destruction (part 1) - Ben Wallace, the Home Office minister, recently delivered a chilling warning to the country. Speaking, at last month’s National Security Summit, he advised that the threat of chemical weapon attacks on Britain’s streets is getting closer and “is real”. Wallace set out the position, starkly, and in one eloquent statement: “The only limits to the
    Read more...
  • Aimen Dean: A British Spy Out of Al-Qaeda - Last week, former Al Qaeda jihadi-turned-MI6 spy Aimen Dean spoke to David Toube about his book 9 Lives, exploring his formative experiences as a fighter in the Bosnian civil war. He discussed the process which resulted in him swearing allegiance to Al Qaeda. This week, the conversation explored his journey out of terrorism and how
    Read more...
  • Next in Q – Episode 4: Aimen Dean – A British Spy out of Al Qaeda - Tune in to the new Quilliam International podcast with your host David Toube in conversation with Aimen Dean. “So… there was a choice between either the British, the Americans or the French. As far as the Americans were concerned… my defection took place around December 1998, and in August 1998, I was just lucky to
    Read more...
  • E.S. vs Austria: Blasphemy and the European Convention on Human Rights - This weekend, Ireland – a country I affectionately called home for two years – removed the offence of blasphemy from its constitution by popular vote (65% voted Yes, while 35% voted No). What was particularly interesting about this referendum was the low level of opposition from established religious bodies. The Irish Council of Churches acknowledged
    Read more...
  • Muslims and Jews: standing together against hate crimes - It was a shocking to hear about the terrorist attack that took place on Saturday 27th of October 2018 at Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday morning services. A 46-year-old man killed 11 people and wounded 6 others.   The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) described this incident as “likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the
    Read more...
  • After the Pittsburgh Attack - News of the Pittsburgh Massacre began to filter through at lunch time: first as garbled WhatsApp and Facebook messages, then as a news alert from the BBC News app, and finally in the form of a constantly updated, rolling news page on the websites of every newspaper. What shocked me most was how little shock
    Read more...
  • Invisible Bankers: Anonymous Digital Cash And The Financing Of Terrorism - In the aftermath of 9/11, President Bush declared that the United States would destroy Al Qa’eda using ‘every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, and every financial influence’. The last of these has a critical role to play in determining the success of a terrorist group and continues to
    Read more...
  • Free Speech on College Campuses - Late last month, the political spotlight focused on the issue of free speech on college campuses in the United States. On September 17, the Department of Justice convened a three-part forum to discuss modern college culture and where it stands in respect to First Amendment rights. A week later, on September 26th, the House Education
    Read more...
  • Aimen Dean: A British Spy in Al-Qaeda - For nearly 20 years during the height of the War on Terror, Aimen Dean was a jihadist turned MI6 agent at the heart of Al-Qaeda’s chemical weapons programme. David Toube, Quilliam International’s Head of Policy, got the opportunity to speak to him about his experiences on and off the battlefield. After eight years undercover, transitioning
    Read more...
  • Next in Q – Episode 3: Aimen Dean – A British Spy in Al Qaeda - Tune in to the new Quilliam International podcast with your host David Toube in conversation with Aimen Dean. “Eight years undercover do really take their toll on you. I became diabetic during that time. The stress of a double life is too much. You are constantly on the move, monitoring cells, infiltrating organisations that want
    Read more...
  • What is Happening in Portland? - When most people hear about the city of Portland, Oregon, they typically think of rainy weather, quirky tv shows, or basketball superstar Damian Lillard. Historically, it has been a safe and vibrant west-coast city with a welcoming reputation. But over the past several years, and especially in the last month, it has undergone several shocking,
    Read more...
  • 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
    Read more...
  • Religious Hate Crimes: Muslims and Jews are the two biggest losers - Yesterday, the Government published a report on hate crime statistics in England and Wales for the past year. The data are extensive, and will take a certain amount of unpacking and analysis. The headline news is that religiously motivated offences rose 40%, from 5,949 in 2016-17 to 8,336 in 2017-18. Furthermore, 52% of religious hate
    Read more...
  • Paul Greengrass’s 22 July and its Chilling Reminder of Far-Right Terror - 22 July, the emotional, hard-hitting reenactment of the 2011 right-wing terrorist attack in Norway was released on Netflix and select theatres this Wednesday. On that date, far-right nationalist Anders Breivik committed one of the most disturbing acts of terror witnessed since 9/11. Breivik begun the attacks by detonating a car bomb parked outside the office
    Read more...
  • 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
    Read more...
  • New Mexico Exorcism, Old World Culture and American Muslims - Last month, a raid on a New Mexico desert compound revealed eleven malnourished children and uncovered a confusing and bizarre tale of an Islamic exorcism, guns and a dead young boy. The young boy who died was called Abdul-Ghani Wahaj. His father, Siraj Ibn Wahaj disappeared with his child, who he said he was taking
    Read more...
  • The First Year Anniversary of Mogadishu Bombing and the Evolving Terrorism Threat - A year ago, the terrorist group Al-Shabaab attacked Soobe junction in the Somali capital Mogadishu killing over 500 innocent people and wounded hundreds more. The barbaric attack sent shockwaves in Somalia and the world, sending a strong message to the international community that the Al-Qa’ida affiliate terrorist group is back, stronger and more lethal than
    Read more...
  • We need to create a generation of optimists - Whilst sitting at a counter extremism conference, in room a with a fabulous London view, ironically something quite ridiculous, frightening and extreme was going on just a few miles away in Cricklewood. As it turned out, not many people had heard about two people being run over outside a Mosque by white racists who didn’t
    Read more...
  • Islamist Extremism in British Prisons: Breaking the Cycle of ‘Us and Them’ - In August of last year, three men from the West Midlands – Naweed Ali, Khobaib Hussain and Mohibur Rahman – were sentenced to a combined total of a minimum of 60 years in prison. Their crime? Preparing a terror attack using pipe-bombs and a butcher’s cleaver with the word ‘kafir’ (the Arabic term for ‘non-believer’)
    Read more...
  • Is Ofsted trying to destroy the Charedi community? - A letter has been circulating from Shraga Stern, a Stamford Hill Charedi man, urging Mayor Sadiq Khan to boycott the Board of Deputies “Board” dinner at which he will be speaking. Stern claims that the Board, which has delegates from Synagogues and other organisations across the Jewish community is “a group of fringe noise makers”,
    Read more...
  • Nadia Murad: “I want to be the last girl in the world with a story like mine.” - On Friday 5th October, Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad became the joint winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize along with Congolese gynaecologist and activist Denis Mukwege. Nadia, 25, and Mukwege, 63, were presented the esteemed award “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. Nadia,
    Read more...
  • Google, Mend and the Extremist Badlands - This is a cross post by European Eye on Radicalization Let Me Google That For You Internet companies must do more to counter extremism online, politicians across Europe insist. Nothing is both so easily said and so difficult to define with precision and accomplish widely and effectively. Stakeholders are dealing with vast torrents of data,
    Read more...
  • I am not an anti Trans campaigner - I signed a letter yesterday, which was published in The Times and caused quite a stir. I’m sorry if anyone was hurt by it. I truly am. But I’m not sorry I signed it. Contrary to what some gay news outlets and a spokesperson for Stonewall claimed, the letter did not “question trans people’s right to
    Read more...
  • Is the Labour Party institutionally racist? - This is a cross post by Professor Glen O’Hara from Public Policy and the Past Is the UK Labour party institutionally anti-Semitic? Almost unbelievably, that has become a real live matter of public debate over the last few months – a development that previous generations of Labour activists and members could scarcely have imagined. Once upon a
    Read more...
  • Trump’s America: Offering Renewed Vigour to Terrorism’s Recruitment Engine - Earlier this month I wrote about how Trump’s version of American exceptionalism indulges in the rights of American power, and simultaneously retreats from the international responsibilities that America has so often been proud to accept. To understand Trump’s view on America’s international role, is to understand his policies. This dichotomy of power over responsibility is
    Read more...
  • Should people hold political demonstrations outside places of worship? - Twenty years ago this year, Peter Tatchell – the closest this country comes to a secular saint – mounted the pulpit of Canterbury Cathedral, and spoke these words: “Dr Carey [the then Archbishop of Canterbury] supports discrimination against lesbian and gay people. He opposes lesbian and gay human rights. This is not a Christian teaching.
    Read more...
  • The Islamic penal code: What do Qur’an, hadith and Muslim interpreters say? - Last month, two Malaysian Muslim women were canned in public following a conviction for homosexuality. This repugnant and humiliating treatment of homosexual people is perhaps rare in Malaysia. Yet, similar corporal punishments are repeatedly implemented by some states and non-state actors. The most shocking example of this practice is the horrific photos of a man
    Read more...
  • LGBT-Muslim Solidarity - What do you get when you mix a bunch of gay Muslims, ex-Muslims and ex-Christians – all led by the veteran human rights activist Peter Tatchell – and let them loose outside the UK’s most influential mosque at Friday prayers, pressing LGBT flyers into the palms of worshippers?  A ladle of curiosity, a sprinkling of
    Read more...
  • Tribalism and the Trial of Brett Kavanaugh - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh admits that he did some regrettable things in high school. He quite likely behaved in ways that would call his judgement and fortitude into question. It is also probable that he did something terrible in the summer of 1982, on the night that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has so bravely
    Read more...
  • Next In Q – Episode 2 - “Fighting extremists from Soviets to ISIS” Tune in to the new Quilliam Internationals podcast with your host Muhammad-Fraser-Rahim as he continues his conversation with Noman Benotman. “I will never ever regret fighting against Communism and to put an end to that evil ideology. Because I don’t think that there’s any difference between Communism and ISIS
    Read more...
  • No Country for Jinnah - “Pakistan ka matlab kya, la illah ila Allah”? (What is the meaning of Pakistan, “There is no God but God”) Mahomedali Jinnahbhai of Bombay would beg to differ. When Asghar Sodai, a schoolteacher from Sialkot, penned this poem, he probably never imagined it to become as iconic as it has today. Sodai passed away 10
    Read more...
  • Populism in the 2020 US Election - It is common  knowledge that roughly 80,000 votes across the states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan gave Donald Trump the decisive edge to pull off the shocking upset over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Ultimately, Trump won these states by championing a populist appeal which was largely pillared towards midwesterners unhappy with seeing
    Read more...
  • Emmanuel AME Church, Enslaved African Muslims and the Struggle Against Violent Extremism - The diverse religious experience of African Americans in the US stretches from the first arrival in the southern United States of slave ships bearing Muslim slaves from West Africa to the strong religious convictions of the American-born black church. Together, African Americans have created spaces of peaceful coexistence while at the same time providing constructive
    Read more...
  • America must promote a democratic culture that bolsters human rights - The tragic anniversary of 9/11 provides us with an annual opportunity to take stock of the successes and failures of our counter-terrorism policy. The business of analyzing our performance to date constitutes an appropriate commemoration of that world-shaking day. A consensus is now consolidating amongst scholars with respect to the proper direction of anti-extremism practice
    Read more...
  • We must fix our immigration debate - Last week, Swedes made the same trip to the polls that they do during every election cycle. They cast their ballots freely, and with confidence that their votes would be counted fairly. But there was something fundamentally different about this election. People knew it going in. They just didn’t know exactly how different it would
    Read more...
  • Turning Back on the World: Trump and the American Exception - As an idea, American exceptionalism is unique. It remains the single most unifying concept in American politics. Across the political spectrum from the resurgent left to the alt-right, all agree that America is exceptional. The foundational view is that the United States is exceptional because it was born from an idea. As Deudney & Meiser
    Read more...
  • As the far-right terror threat grows, we must not become fixated on the perceived dichotomy between ‘white’ and ‘Asian’ terror - New figures released by the Home Office have shown that the number of white suspected terrorists being arrested in the UK has overtaken the number of Asian terror suspects for the first time in over a decade. White suspects now account for 38 per cent of terror-related arrests, followed closely by Asian ethnicity individuals at
    Read more...
  • 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
    Read more...
  • Open Anti-Ahmadi Bigotry Cannot Be Tolerated Any More - As a Sunni Muslim who founded Tell MAMA, I have seen first hand how anti-Ahmadi bigotry has grown over the last 5 years. In fact, during my tenure as the Founder Director, I saw an increase in anti-Ahmadi hate that included attacks on mosques, increased anti-Ahmadi rhetoric and open praise for Tanvir Ahmed (the killer
    Read more...
  • The Man Who Knew Anjem Choudary - This is a cross-post from The Telegraph the original can be viewed here. Anjem Choudary is to be released from prison in October from a sentence of five years and six months, following his conviction for inviting others to support ISIS. It is a cause of concern that a man who has perhaps done more
    Read more...
  • Why the Muslim World Must Stand Up For Xinjiang’s Uighurs - China’s Xinjiang province is home to approximately 8 million ethnically Muslim Uighurs, making up just under half of the 19 million strong population. August 2018 saw the publication of a UN report stating that roughly 1 million Uighurs are being held in ‘counter-extremism centres’ in the region. The human rights abuses occurring here are well
    Read more...
  • Next in Q – Episode 1 - Tune in to Quilliam Internationals podcast with your host Muhammad-Fraser-Rahim to hear more from: 'The Man Who Knew Bin Laden'. Think you know the real Bin Laden? This man does. Noman Benotman came from a wealthy Libyan family. As a child, he spent his holidays in Britain. Radicalised by the idealistic Islamist politics sweeping the Middle East in the 1980s, he found himself camping with Bin Laden in Afghanistan . As a trusted confidante, he discussed and debated politics and theology with the Al Qaida leader. In his own words he describes the man behind the monster, and his own journey out of extremism.
  • Populism and the recourse to unreason - Politicians of every stripe have held, and occasionally espoused, beliefs which many would consider irrational and unreasonable. These have included paranoid delusions, belief in conspiracy theories, adherence to new-age quackery and an interest in the paranormal and supernatural. This article considers why populism, by its very nature, may be a political tradition which is particularly
    Read more...
  • Miseducation of the American Muslims - “Blindly Following Ancient Customs and Traditions doesn’t mean that the dead are alive, but that the living are dead” Ibn Khaldun On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in which close to 3,000 innocent lives were lost, I can’t help but ask myself: how far we have come, what lessons have we learned and
    Read more...
  • Terrorism and Mental Health - Last night I participated in a late night discussion programme on the BBC Asian Network on the subject of the relationship between terrorism and mental health. I made most of the points I intended to, I think. But one of the pleasures of having access to a journal is being able to set out my argument,
    Read more...
  • What Next from the the Alt-Right? - A year on from the deadly violence of Charlottesville 2017, it is worth assessing both the current state of the Alt-Right movement and the external political factors that potentially influence its internal development. The Unite the Right 2 Rally of August of 2018 garnered great attention and anticipation: yet in comparison with previous events of
    Read more...
  • Why the United States Must Take Action Against China’s Oppression of Muslims - According to estimates given by both United States intelligence and the United Nations, over a million ethnic minorities in “re-education centers” are currently imprisoned without trial in the far-western province of Xinjiang. If these estimates are even close to correct, China’s action constitutes, in the words of the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, “the largest
    Read more...
  • Liberalism Must Work for Religious Conservatives - The best possible society that I can imagine is one which perfectly embodies my preferences. Political, moral, economic, even aesthetic: I have a set of opinions to which I am committed. But I’m a liberal, not a totalitarian. I know that not everybody agrees with me. I recognise that, in order for these policy choices
    Read more...
  • Vaccine Dezinformatsiya - Anthony Cox Should you spend time arguing with anti-vaccine lobby on the internet? After all, someone is always wrong on the internet and duty calls. A paper analysing a retrospective set of 1.8 million tweets suggests caution is required.1  David Broniatowski and colleagues examined vaccine-related tweets in this sample, and compared how normal users posted vaccine messages
    Read more...
  • Name-calling and the policing of language - Our society is entering the fourth decade of a cultural war that has centred around the use and misuse of language. In the 1980s, the locus of that battle was the avoidance of language perceived to be insulting or excluding towards those who lacked power or privilege: so-called ‘political correctness’. One side of the conflict
    Read more...
  • Blasphemy outrage in Pakistan overshadows real issues once again - By Muna Adil 22.6 million children in Pakistan are out of school. Almost 40% of Pakistanis live in multidimensional poverty. And 237 Pakistanis were killed as a result of violent terrorism in the bloody election month of July alone. Yet, in one of the first actions taken by Pakistan’s parliament since last month’s general election,
    Read more...
  • US-Kenya Counter-terrorism cooperation is needed now more than ever - Earlier this month, Kenyans gathered to recognize the 20th anniversary of the truck bombing that destroyed the American embassy in Nairobi, killing 213 (mostly Kenyan) innocent civilians and ordinary citizens. The attack was carried out by an operative of the jihadist group Al-Qaeda, and is largely viewed as the precursor to 9/11. Since then, the
    Read more...
  • Senator John McCain - There is a pessimistic perspective which is present in both Muslim and Jewish literature that holds that, as we become more distant from the moment of the initial divine revelation, the wisdom and spirituality of scholars declines: generation by generation. In Judaism, it is called “yeridat ha-dorot”. In Islam, there is a hadith, attributed to
    Read more...
  • The State and the Burqa - Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has faced severe criticism over his remarks about women in burqas. Although his comments resulted in predictable controversy, they unfortunately failed to foster a healthy public debate about the burqa and the propriety of a state ban on wearing the garment in public. Instead, the discussion focused on the issues
    Read more...
  • Agreeing to disagree in good faith - As a society, we have lost the art of good faith disagreement. That deficit manifests itself in two ways. First, there is a tendency to treat our opponents as enemies, motivated by ulterior, undisclosed factors, as monsters who argue without sincerity and in bad faith. Secondly, when our friends and allies say or do something
    Read more...
  • Students Challenge Hate: The Words Heal The World Project - Since the rise of Daesh, the number of centres of terrorism and radicalisation studies seems to have multiplied. Today we have many centres of studies focused on radicalisation and some organisations that have been developing alternative messages to restrain the advance of extremist ideologies. However, one element continues to be highly overlooked: the participation of
    Read more...
  • Dr Usama Hasan – ‘A Journey: In and Out of Extremism’ by Ella Kiley - Quilliam International’s Head of Islamic Studies, Dr Usama Hasan, gave an insightful talk entitled ‘A Journey: In and Out of Extremism’ in London, Monday 15th January. The talk was kick-started in an interactive way, as Usama engaged with the audience, asking them what in particular they aimed to get out of his talk. What was
    Read more...
  • After Jerusalem Declaration, Where are Our Kind of People (Muslims and Jews)? - President Trump’s declaration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused much global concern from capitols all across the world, including both Pope Francis at the Vatican and the Supreme Leader of Iran who both denounced the plan to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Islamic world including its
    Read more...
  • ‘South Asian’ vs ‘Pakistani’ vs ‘Muslim’ Grooming Gangs: Why specific identification is key by Muna Adil - New research by Quilliam, authored by Haras Rafiq and myself, on the link between grooming gangs and offender ethnicity has found that 84% of child sexual exploitation offenders who operate in gangs or groups are ‘Asian’. This is in sharp contrast to only 7% Asians in the total UK population. A critical hurdle in any
    Read more...
  • Will they return; ISIS in Trinidad and Tobago? by Dr Muhammad Fraser Rahim - After last month’s fall of Raqqa in Syria, in which US-backed forces declared that major military operations against the so-called Islamic State have ended, the broader Middle East and the international community is asking themselves what happens next? It marks the end of a self-declared Islamic “Caliphate” in which its supporters and recruits converged on
    Read more...
  • How Spain Became a Terror Target by Haras Rafiq & Muna Adil - This is an X Post the original can be seen here. Madrid is effective at thwarting many potential plots but now must counter Islamist ideology With each new Islamist-fueled terror attack on European soil, at least two things can be certain: that the intended devastation was to be much worse, and that it won’t be
    Read more...
  • No easy answers: Why Western Muslim communities must be their own saviour – By Muhammad Fraser-Rahim and Muna Adil - Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge – the list goes on and on. And at the centre of it all lies Islam, a faith in turmoil. With attacks taking place faster than we can keep up, is there any solution in sight? In our world today, extremism is spreading faster than ever before, the sway of radicalisation
    Read more...
  • Islamists and anti-Muslim bigots are two sides of the same coin – The Times Maajid Nawaz - This is a published article in The Times. The original can be seen here. As London recovers from a series of tragic events, another terror attack hit its streets early Monday morning. The sickening anti-Muslim rampage took place outside the Muslim Welfare House as worshippers were leaving the area after evening prayers. Witnesses have recounted
    Read more...
  • Why are converts to Islam specifically vulnerable to becoming extremists? – Adam Deen - This is a published article in the Independent. The original article can be seen here. While family and friends may shun the converts for making such a drastic change, the mainstream Muslim community may still see them as outsiders. But extremist fringe groups are always looking for recruits The initial aftermath of the horrific attacks on
    Read more...
  • The dark side of purpose — What corporations can learn from radical organizations – Haras Rafiq - A conversation with Haras Rafiq, Chief Executive Quilliam International, London How do radical Islamist organizations operate and recruit? How do they deal with competitors and what are their tools and strategies to win customers and keep their employees committed to the cause? What if we compared radical Islamist organizations to corporations? Can corporations actually learn
    Read more...