Journal

  • What a film can teach us about war with Iran - In 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran Deal, was signed. That same year, the Israeli-Iranian film, Atomic Falafel, directed by Dror Shaul was released. The JCPOA was signed by Iran and the P5 + 1 (China, Russia, US, UK, France + European Union), and stipulated that Iran would limit its
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  • When mainstream leaders stand up against extremism the community is stronger (Part 1) - The well-known minor reality TV contestant turned rightwing agitator, Katie Hopkins, is following a well-worn path in her quest to become an international celebrity on the Islam-bashing circuit.  In turning to the Jewish community for support, she presumably imagines that fear of Muslims will be her greatest ally. The other indispensable plank of the strategy
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  • Why a literature festival upset extremists - This is a cross post from The Groundswell Project. Follow them at @GroundswellPro3 One huge threat to extremists’ existence is the coming together of people who promote unity and challenge hate. I know this because I was an ex member of Hizbut Tahrir (HuT, the liberation party) over a decade ago and some of my
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  • The Problem of a Single Muslim Narrative - The famed Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, delivered an insightful TED talk in 2009: “The Danger of Single Story.” In summary, she articulates the manner in which humans, our stories and lived realities are composed of many layers and overlapping stories which shape both us as individuals and the communities in which we reside. However,
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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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  • Sudan, journalism, democratic values - A number of people on social media started complaining this week that there was no reporting on the current conflict in Sudan. The accusation is untrue, and yet it is widely perpetuated across social media platforms. To disprove the claim, one has but to type “Sudan” into the search bar in Google. Almost every mainstream
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  • We Need to Be Honest About the Problems in the Muslim Community - In the west, we mostly live in representative democracies. Our vote ultimately decides the direction which our country takes. The electorate must be sufficiently informed to make a decision as to whom they might want to represent them. This is why openness and honesty in public discussion and debate are imperative. Nothing should be taboo
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  • The Prison States - The twentieth century has passed and the world has changed. The great evil of the period can perhaps be assumed to have mutated and changed, too. That era’s gravest sin and greatest threat, totalitarianism, seems less evident today, and its equivalents are assumed to have updated their methods. When fearing for the future, journalists and
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  • ISIS seek a rebirth in Iraq and attempt to capitalise on political and ethnic disputes in Kirkuk - A series of explosions in Iraq’s disputed city of Kirkuk led to a reported five people dead and eighteen people wounded on Thursday night as the head of the city’s security operations blamed the attack on ISIS. The instability in Kirkuk, which stems from constitutional and political disputes between the Federal Government in Baghdad and
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  • The ChristChurch Call will do more harm than good - Last week, governments and leading tech companies got together to produce a collective response to the horrific ChristChurch terrorist attack. The agreement they came up with, dubbed the “ChristChurch Call”, lays out the steps they will take to better prevent the spread of violent extremist and terrorist content online of the kind that motivated the
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  • As mainstream political parties continue to fail centrists must fill the power vacuum - The UK continues to be polarised by the many issues that it faces. Brexit, anti-Muslim bigotry and antisemitism dominate political discourse in this country, particularly within the Conservative Party and the Labour Party. The country’s two traditional parties have moved away from big tent politics and have retreated to their respective corners, flying the flag
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  • Burning of Haskallic literature in Brooklyn, NY - The author of the text that is to be burnt was written by Naphtali Hirz Wessely: an 18th century Maskil. He was fully committed to traditional observance and belief, but advocated for widening the Jewish curriculum to include secular studies. His views were essentially no different to those expressed by Rav Hirsch, who is accepted
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  • Why not to boycott Israel over Eurovision - The beginning of May is always a busy and emotional time in Israel. First comes Holocaust Memorial Day between the 1st and 2nd, and then on the 8th, Remembrance Day, when Jews commemorate the fallen soldiers in Israel’s history. The week long mourning ends with a huge celebration: Independence Day on the 9th. This year,
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  • We are not “in the gutter” with the far right – but those who spread fear and hatred cannot be allowed to go unchallenged - On Saturday, Glyn Secker – one of the luminaries of the astroturfing organisation “Jewish Voice for Labour” – accused the UK Jewish community of allying with the far Right. Claims of this sort provide good examples of the “two-campism” of the type that has become synonymous with Corbynism. That perspective pits the “community of the
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  • On the Saatchi Gallery Exhibition - HRH The Prince of Wales once observed that the Western world needs to re-learn a “sense of the sacred” from Muslims. Indeed, much of the history of art cannot be understood without a sense of the significant of both the holy and the profane. Our common culture is built upon these categories, and the distinctions
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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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  • I am worried not by Chowdhury’s antisemitic comments – but by his divisive politics - There’s a petition going around requesting for Omar Chowdhury to resign from his post as BME Network Chair in the Bristol Student Union, following the antisemitic comments he made to me on Facebook last year. I want to offer my perspective on the matter. Omar has apologised to me and to the Jewish studentship in Bristol and
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  • Naik Nicked - Indian hate preacher, Zakir Naik has been charged with money laundering by Indian prosecutors in Mumbai on Thursday. They claim that he has acquired $28 million worth of criminal assets, a charge which he denies.  The prosecution’s case is that he acquired funds from dubious sources in order to buy property in India and to
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  • Left wing smears feed right-wing extremism - The practice of hijacking a salient, emotional issue for political purposes has been a staple in American politics for years. U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy used fear in relation to the real threat of Communism to smear his various political adversaries as traitors. Presidential First Lady and future Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton referred to inner-city gang
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  • Why is media-basher Jeremy Corbyn speaking on a panel defending journalists like Lyra McKee? - These are the times that try men’s patience. Sample the following from an email sent by the National Union of Journalists to their members about an upcoming event: “Lyra McKee was murdered doing her job, London-based BBC Persian Service journalists are targeted by the Iranian authorities and Turkey has become the world’s biggest jailer of
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  • Terrorism is Thriving on Bin Laden’s Death Anniversary - Today marks 8 years since the death of Usama Bin Laden, the notorious and infamous leader of al-Qa’ida. Though the organization has suffered setbacks and has been degraded, its brand and influence continue to offer influence and carry a message even after its founder’s death. Even now, the group has been seeking to reconstitute itself,
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  • On Sri Lanka and the Far-Right - After an act of evil, silence and solemnity are rarely enough. Even commemoration of the victims, and calls for social stability and solidity frequently come up short. As attractive, if not more, are demands for action, in extreme cases vengeance, and attacks on those seen to be reacting wrongly or perversely to the tragedy newly
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  • Next in Q Podcast Episode 12 – Andrew Copson: A Cock & Bull Story -  Tune in to a new episode of Quilliam’s ‘Next in Q’ podcast with your host Quilliam International’s Director of Policy, David Toube, discusses the tricky question of the interface between private religious conservatism and secularism with Andrew Copson of Humanists UK. Religiously mandated slaughter methods and circumcision are two such crux points. Listen on
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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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  • Sri Lanka attack shows how we must view Islamist terrorism - The mass murder of Sri Lankan Christians this past Easter Sunday has shaken the world. There are still many questions that remain, but here is what we know now: Beginning at 8:45 AM Easter morning, bombs were detonated at three major Churches throughout Sri Lanka, four more went off at luxury hotels, and another at
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  • Notre Dame and Crank Politics - Incommensurable: “ Not able to be judged by the same standards; having no common standard of measurement”. This is the nature of those comparisons between Grenfell, colonialism, climate change and the destruction of Notre Dame. Incommensurable. It does not mean that they are any less important: but there is no common denominator. It is facile
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  • Next in Q Podcast Episode 11 – Andrew Copson: In a Secular Motion -  Tune in to a new episode of Quilliam’s ‘Next in Q’ podcast with your host Quilliam International’s Director of Policy, David Toube, speaks to Andrew Copson of Humanists UK about the meaning of Humanism, and how religious communities can benefit from a secular society. “If secularism is going to work as a political settlement
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  • The Sudan Coup: Women, Youth and an Opportunity for the World - Thursday’s announcement that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the 75-year-old African leader was ousted from power after a 30 year tight fisted rule in power was refreshing news for the citizens of Sudan, Washington policymakers and international practitioners. Al-Bashir orchestrated the killing of hundreds of thousands of people from Darfur. He turned his country into a
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  • Next in Q Podcast Episode 10 – Tania Joya: Jihad with a Seaside Riad -  Tune in to a new episode of Quilliam’s ‘Next in Q’ podcast with your host Quilliam International’s US Executive Director, Dr Muhammad Fraser-Rahim who continues his conversation with Tania Joya, former Islamist and ISIS bride. When ISIS declared a Caliphate, Tania’s (former) husband moved her and the children to the Middle East, and eventually
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  • Next in Q Episode 9: Tania Joya – Jihaders Wives -  Tune in to a new episode of Quilliam’s ‘Next in Q’ podcast with your host Quilliam International’s US Executive Director, Dr Muhammad Fraser-Rahim in conversation with Tania Joya, former Islamist discussing growing up in East London, immersed in its Islamist subculture. When ISIS declared a Caliphate, why travelling to join it seemed the natural
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  • Next in Q Episode 8: Sara Khan – Radically Candid -  Tune in to a new episode of Quilliam’s ‘Next in Q’ podcast with your host Quilliam International’s Director of Policy, David Toube, as he continues his conversation with Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism, in this second part, about the challenges of her role in tackling extremism. “Extremists, when they do come into
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  • My Autobiography: A Talk at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London – 20th of March 2019 - Tonight’s theme is “transitioning to one’s authentic self”. I am not sure what an “authentic self” is and I definitely haven’t found mine yet. But I can tell you about my transition: a transition from chassidic yeshiva boy, to secular university student. My name is Izzy Posen. I am a second year physics and philosophy
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  • 16 years on, the Iraq War was still the right choice - The 20th March marked the 16th anniversary of Iraq’s liberation from Saddam’s genocidal dictatorship. Yes, I call it liberation because Saddam was the Middle Eastern equivalent to Adolf Hitler. His Arab Socialist Baath Party waged wars against countries over territories that he considered part of a greater Iraq, namely Kuwait and Iran. Furthermore, his treatment
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  • Lessons from domestically rehabilitating a former extremist in the US - Earlier this month I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark engaging with government, academia, media and civil society organizations to shed light on several robust approaches to combat extremism from a range of initiatives at a domestic and global level. Denmark is not alone as many other states, including the UK, Saudi Arabia and Singapore have all
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  • Next in Q Episode 7: Sara Khan - Tune in to a new episode of Quilliam’s ‘Next in Q’ podcast with your host Quilliam International’s Director of Policy, David Toube in conversation with Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism. Sara shares her experiences of extremism that led her to take on this important role.   Listen on Apple Podcast here. Support our
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  • With the war on ISIS coming to an end, the West must support the Kurds - Since February 9th of this year, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began operations in the final enclave of ISIS in eastern Syria. The Battle of Baghuz Fawqani has taken longer than expected due to ISIS holding hundreds of prisoners, most of which are civilians that are being effectively used as human shields. With an
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  • Great Replacement Conspiricising - Amongst the scrawling on the weapon and magazines of the Christchurch shooter, was the slogan “14 Words”. His manifesto stated those fourteen words: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”. These words, also abbreviated 14 or 14/88, were coined by alt-right terrorist David Lane. They are used frequently
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  • New Zealand shootings: Muslims are fearful and hurting but we must not give in to hate - This article by Maajid Nawaz was originally posted in The Times on 16th March 2019. Yesterday’s attack announces the lowest point for Muslim communities in the West since the Bosnia genocide. This is now the single biggest terror attack in Australasia, equal in number of victims to the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016. It will
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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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  • The Parkfield protestors are nothing but bigots disguised as victims: We must not be fooled - This month, it was reported that over 600 Muslim students had been withdrawn from Parkfield Community School in Birmingham over claims that they were being brainwashed by a ‘gay agenda’. Yesterday, in a move that demonstrates the institutional strength of British democracy, Ofsted said in a report that there was no evidence the curriculum overly focused on LGBT issues
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  • Iranian and Russian Influence Wars in the US: Targeting African Americans - Iran and Russia continue to face internal challenges in light of sanctions imposed by the international community, in the case of Iran, in response to ongoing nuclear issues, and support of terrorist organizations including Hezbollah and, in relation to Russia, incursions into the territory of neighbouring states. We are familiar with Russia’s influence operations in
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  • On Islamists and Salafists - With religion having been largely relegated to the private sphere due in no small part to the secularising effect of the processes which culminated in the formation of the modern nation-state, this current state of affairs has given rise to concerns surrounding the assertive religious identities of many Muslim communities within the West. Chief among
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  • Why should anyone take Yosef Mizrachi seriously? - The impending visit of Yosef Mizrachi, the widely condemned extremist preacher, to the UK, has already run into trouble with the speedy cancellation of two public appearances after widespread protests. There is a view often expressed about Mizrachi, particularly by the religiously knowledgeable, that he is, essentially a joke. Not a funny one, considering the
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  • What now for Algeria? - Tens of thousands of Algerians are protesting the decision of their ailing President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth term. The 82-year old announced his candidacy for the April 2019 elections by letter last month despite having suffered a stroke in 2013, being in a wheelchair and potentially unable to speak. His last public
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  • “If Only” - “If only we could have a transformative socialist Labour Government, but without the antisemitism.” “If only we could be part of the Corbyn movement; and if only we could persuade that movement to oppose antisemitism.” But I don’t want to be part of the Corbyn movement. If by magic the Corbyn movement wasn’t antisemitic, it
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  • Next in Q Episode 6: Macer Gifford – The Return of Raqqa - Tune in to a new episode of Quilliam’s ‘Next in Q’ podcast with your host Quilliam International’s Director of Policy, David Toube as he continues his conversation with Macer Gifford, Human rights activist & anti-ISIS campaigner. He fought in Raqqa with the MFS (Syriac Military Council) and served for 3 years in the YPG.  
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  • British authorities are not equipped to deal with jihadis returning from ISIS - This is a cross-post by Khadija Khan from Sedaa In 2004 the British government secured the release of Jamal Udeen al-Harith from Guantanamo Bay, after strenuous diplomacy with the Americans who had captured him in Pakistan, where he was believed to be an al-Qaeda operative. Al-Harith carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2017 after joining
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  • The Extremism of Clowns and Fools - The man described by the Jewish News as the “Rabbi of Hate”, Yosef Mizrachi, has been planning a visit to the UK. No doubt he hoped that the universal condemnation that he attracted from everyone from Chief Rabbi Mirvis to the National Autistic Society in 2016 has died down enough to allow him to sidle
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  • Next in Q Episode 5: Macer Gifford – The Call of the Kurds -  Tune in to a new episode of Quilliam’s ‘Next in Q’ podcast with your host Quilliam International’s Director of Policy, David Toube in conversation with Macer Gifford, Human rights activist & anti-ISIS campaigner. He fought in Raqqa with the MFS (Syriac Military Council) and served for 3 years in the YPG. “All of a
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  • Outrage Culture and the Severity of Hate Crime Hoaxes - Most everyone can agree on the gravity of hate crimes. To hear that a hate crime has taken place in your neighborhood elicits a palpably stronger emotional reaction than other forms of unlawful acts. Indeed, we created this special category of crime because of the general understanding that when a criminal act is committed based on
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  • Cults, Grooming and Culpability - I find the idea that Shemima Begum was groomed both intriguing and problematic. I have consistently said that IS behaves like a cult. Indeed, it conforms in many ways with a range of indicators that it operates in a cult-like manner. Powerful and exclusive dedication/devotion to an explicit person or creed. Their use of “thought-reform”
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  • Shamima Begum: Victim or Villain? - I think the Handmaid’s Tale is a perfect analogy that could help us understand where to place the ISIS bride Shamima Begum in the scales of sympathy or condemnation. Was she June? The kidnapped female victim who’s sole purpose, along with many others like her, is to be repeatedly raped for the purpose of being
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  • Shamima Begum was a minor when she travelled to Syria but she must face the consequences of her actions - This is a cross post from SEDAA by Tehmina Kazi Of all the reprehensible things said by jihadi bride Shamima Begum in her notorious Times interview, what sticks out the most is her callous indifference to seeing “severed heads in bins” in ISIS territory, “because they were enemies of Islam.” In a follow-up interview with
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  • Ilhan Omar, Cultural Politics and the Regressive Left - This is not an article about bashing Representative Ilhan Omar. Nor is it about her tweet that the U.S. government support of Israel is “all about the Benjamins.” Let’s be clear: her remarks were flat out wrong and there is no need to caveat or to equivocate about the significance of what she said. However,
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  • What to do about Shamima Begum - A shorter version of this article originally appeared in the Mail on Sunday. Aimen Dean is, arguably, the greatest British hero since World War II. Originally from Saudi Arabia, he went to fight jihad in Bosnia at the tender age of fifteen. Within a few years, he had become a fully-fledged member of Al Qaeda,
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  • The Salman Rushdie Fatwa: My Radicalisation - Thirty years ago, I was a young law student at Southampton University. I was in my second year of study and was beginning to be ‘radicalised’, as it were. University was my first experience of politics. Student politics is an odd beast. Most people – normal people, that is – don’t really spend their time
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  • Next In Q: Video Podcast – People of the Book: An Interfaith Dialogue - Dr Usama Hasan has co-written a fascinating trialogue which explores the role of scripture in illuminating the lives of Jews, Christians and Muslims. The resultant work, People of the Book: An Interfaith Dialogue about How Jews, Christians and Muslims Understand Their Sacred Scriptures, can be purchased at Amazon (US and UK). To mark the launch of
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  • How should we oppose extremism? - The term “Extremism” has always been somewhat vacuous. Its use is so widespread, and its deployment by some so dubious, that it often seems it has no serious substance at all. But while there are far too many instances in which ignorant or politically motivated individuals degrade the term’s integrity, there also have always been
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  • From the Prophet to the King - An Islamic Friday sermon on the universal equality of humanity: delivered on and marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day PART 1 of the sermon All Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds. Blessings and Peace be upon the Messengers of God.  As tens of millions of people around our world marked Martin Luther King
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  • Hamas and Salafi Jihadi Groups - What has been the nature of relations between Hamas and Salafi jihadi groups? The question is worth examining because Hamas is sometimes equated with the latter ideologically while on other occasions a strict dichotomy of enmity and opposition is painted between Hamas and the Salafi jihadi groups. In fact, some nuances emerge depending on location.
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  • It is not just Brexit that feeds the UK’s far right - This article originally appeared on CNN The deep social and political divisions exposed by the UK’s Brexit vote present both an opportunity for the British far right — as well as being a challenge to it. Indeed, only this week, Neil Basu the head of London’s Metropolitan Police’s counterterrorism operations, said that Brexit had the “potential
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  • The UK’s Struggles with Far Right Extremism - Earlier this month I wrote about how terrorism from the far right has grown in the United States. My research indicated to me with alarming clarity that this phenomenon does not stop on American shores – the UK is also facing a galvanised extreme right. On December 6th 2018,  the North East Counter Terrorism Unit
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  • 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
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  • 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,
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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,
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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