A vital element of counter-terrorism strategy is encouraging people to report suspected terrorists. But it isn’t easy to do this if it’s someone you know, a family member or friend.[…]
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Terrorism involves committing violent acts for political, religious or ideological reasons. Traditionally, terrorism is characterised and understood as a group phenomenon (Nesser, 2012). Relatively recently, there has been the emergence[…]
The word “martyr” has evolved into one of the most emotive terms in the English language. The faithful venerate their memories, celebrate their feast days, name places of worship, schools[…]
The Prevent duty came into force two years ago. Schools and colleges now have to identify students they consider vulnerable to radicalisation and to promote ‘fundamental British values’ in the[…]
It’s hard to talk about deradicalisation in the face of appalling attacks, such as those in London and Manchester: calls for retribution are often louder than those raising the possibility[…]
In the wake of the terrorist attack on London Bridge, Theresa May said that recent attacks “are bound together by the single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred,[…]
As part of ongoing research on both radical Islamist and far-right extremism, I spent the best part of 2009 following the activities of one British city’s al-Muhajiroun group. Also known[…]
The process of conversion to any religion is best thought of as a journey, and this is how it is often described to others by those who undergo it. While[…]
There are many concepts and phrases which are common to all Muslims, but which have a particular meaning for Islamic extremists. Jihad is a term that we hear often, in[…]
Aristotle Kallis looks at how waves of radical ideas spread through whole societies, drawing on the ‘virus’ of fascism in 1930s Europe. ‘Waves’ of progress? In his classic account of[…]