UK Extremism

The Government's Prevent Strategy Won't Work if It Is Seen as Spying

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Muslim citizens should not have to account for the crimes of other people who happen to share the same religion as them. Equally they should not be seen as having a particular obligation to do something about violent extremism - but the Prevent Strategy would work better if more did.

Accusations of Jeremy Corbyn's Links to Extremists Are Rooted In Hypocrisy

John Wight | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK Politics
John Wight

Thus, it is not Jeremy Corbyn who has questions to answer, it is those who supported the war in Iraq, the bombing of Libya, who provide unquestioning support to Israel, and little or nothing to say over Britain's shameful relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Thousands of Muslims Are Gathering in Hampshire This Weekend

Meliha Hayat | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Meliha Hayat

they are uniting to help target religious extremism by holding the largest international religious convention in the UK; global religious leaders, parliamentarians, civic leaders and diplomats will gather together to discuss how to combat fanaticism in Islam.

Extremism and Ideology

Farid Panjwani | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK
Farid Panjwani

Debates about the appeal of extremism in Muslim contexts are divided on the question of ideology. On one side are those who believe that ideology itse...

Maajid Nawaz, Identity Politics, and the Dangerous Search for the "Community Representative"

David Browne | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

The treatment of Maajid Nawaz by the Guardian (in contrast to its recently-published interview with the leader of Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Britain) reveals a worrying trend in the British Left today, namely its fascination with the search for a Community Representative and the compartmentalising of identity.

Fight Back Against ISIL by Creating a Video Like #NotAnotherBrother

Jonathan Russell | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Politics
Jonathan Russell

Since the rise of ISIL and the utter bafflement of the general public, and indeed the counter-terrorism commentariat, that it is able to "do social me...

Extremists Cannot Combat Extremism

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 04.08.2015 | UK
Ajmal Masroor

What do you get when you combine an extremist who claims to be a reformed moderate Muslim and a bunch of Neocons that claim to be friends of Islam? The answer is simple - dangerous confusion, wholesale deconstruction of a sacred religion and maligning of its people.

Ten Propositions About Religious Extremism

Ian Linden | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Ian Linden

In the grim light of recent events, I would like to put forward ten propositions about religious extremism. These are not for nailing to mosque, or indeed, church, doors but in pursuit of clarity and maybe constructive disagreement.

Extremism and the Battle Against Ignorance and Misinformation

Nasser D. Khalili | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Nasser D. Khalili

The collective despair and anger at the lives snatched away by terrorism, most recently witnessed in the horror of Tunisia, France and Kuwait, continue to remind us how a perverse ideology is polluting the minds of people in our communities.

The Data Behind Cameron's Radicalisation Plan: It Doesn't Add Up

Ismail Jeilani | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Politics
Ismail Jeilani

David Cameron recently announced his 5 year plan to tackle radicalisation. I am concerned at the inconsistency in logic and the lack of data behind...

Civilisation vs Barbarism: Why There's Nothing New in Fighting Islamic State

Alan Grant | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK
Alan Grant

David Cameron should be able to look back on his record in office with a sense of pride and achievement. The Governments he has led have (partly) reve...

17 Signs You're A Young Person Ripe For Radicalisation

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Much has been made of the government's Prevent Strategy, part of which requires teachers and lecturers to monitor their students for potential extremi...

The 'Struggle of Our Generation' Needs a Suitable Strategy for Our Generation - 'Prevent' In Its Current Form Sadly Isn't

Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Politics
Waqar Ahmad Ahmedi

Mr Cameron's speech was never going to please everyone, but has made a good number of those he was reaching out to feel even more alienated.

David Cameron's Strategy on Extremism - The Way Forward?

Farooq Aftab | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK
Farooq Aftab

In short, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community supports the Government in its genuine efforts to curb extremism and we pray that their efforts are successful so that the evil of extremism and terrorism is finished and so that all people of all faiths and beliefs can live together in peace and harmony.

Tackling Radicalism Means Working Together to Build a Better Britain

Rabina Khan | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics
Rabina Khan

David Cameron, when still the leader of the opposition, quoted Edmund Burke saying, "To make men love their country, their country ought to be lovable." He continued, "Integration has to be about more than immigrant communities, 'their' responsibilities and 'their' duties. It has to be about 'us' too - the quality of life that we offer, our society and our values."

The Chink in Cameron's Counter-Narrative Armour

Professor Bill Durodié | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK
Professor Bill Durodié

In setting out to confront those who are born and raised in the UK but "who don't really identify with Britain", as he now puts it, the Prime Minister and others, like many before, implicitly reveal the real chink in their counter-narrative armour - which is that they do not offer any narrative of their own. They are clear about what they are against, but not about what they are for.

David Cameron Pledges To Help The US 'Destroy' Isis

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 19.07.2015 | UK

David Cameron has pledged to help America "destroy" self-styled Islamic State (also known as Isis, Isil and Daesh) extremists in Syria, signalling UK ...

The "Preventing-Prevent" Lobby is Gaining Momentum

Dilly Hussain | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Politics
Dilly Hussain

As Britain's Muslim community became more frustrated due to the draconian nature of Prevent, and its insistence in tarnishing mainstream Muslim organisations, speakers and activists as "extreme" for espousing normative Islamic beliefs, it was inevitable that a collective movement would emerge against it.

Finding Hope Amongst the Tunisian Darkness

Charlie Evans | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Evans

If we stand in solidarity with one another, we defeat extremism. And if in 2025 we want to stop what we saw in Sousse two weeks ago, or what we saw in London ten years ago, then now is time to take some action.

An Open Response to the Authors of the Mannan Family ISIS Statement

Michael Mumisa | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK
Michael Mumisa

To the authors of the statement, On 3 July, 2015, you released a statement confirming that you had joined the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) which yo...

Why We're Teaching Students About the 7/7 Bombings

Neil McKain | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neil McKain

Like many Londoners, 7 July 2005 began for me as a normal working day. I drove from my flat in Queens Park to Ealing where I was working as an estate agent. Morning briefing done, our team of sales negotiators 'hit the phones' to drum up business and book appointments. Then people's mobiles started beeping. Other offices started calling in. Something was going on in central London.

The Terror You Know, the Terror You Don't - How Extremism Has Gone Digital Since 7/7

Alex Krasodomski-Jones | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Alex Krasodomski-Jones

The role the internet plays in radicalisation is poorly understood. It is generally held that offline factors are at the heart of what turns young men and women to turn to violent extremism. Nevertheless, ten years after 7/7, digitally-driven radicalisation is a reality that must be at the centre of any attempts to counter terrorist narratives...

Louise Ridley

7/7 Survivor Who Lost Her Legs On Her 'Second Life' Tackling Extremism

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK

To mark the 10 year anniversary of the London 7/7 terrorist attacks, HuffPost UK is running Beyond The Bombings, a special series of interviews, blogs...

Nicky Morgan Called Out For Hypocrisy Over These Homophobia Remarks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Politics

Children who make homophobic comments at school could be reported under new anti-radicalisation plans, Nicky Morgan announced today. Asked about ne...

China's Clampdown On Uighurs Will Breed Further Extremism

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

While many of us are fortunate to reside in countries that permit a degree of religious freedom, one that allows us to practice our faith, for the Uighur Muslim minority in China's far western Xinjiang region such a freedom has been growingly truncated by the Chinese government in Beijing.