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Radicalism Unveiled





ISBN 9781138249578
Published September 21, 2016 by Routledge
208 Pages

 
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Radicalism Unveiled is an essential and unique contribution to our knowledge concerning the rise of Islamic radicalism in Britain. Through the study of Hizb ut-Tahrir (The Liberation Party), the spectre of radicalisation looms large and Muslim youth in Britain are increasingly linked to this group, making a critical examination of this complex phenomenon far overdue. Troubled by the great volume of disjointed theories put forward to provide an explanation for radicalisation, the author moves away from the preoccupation with working-class Muslims and considers the socio-political realities of this middle-class movement. An expanding movement inspiring Muslims in Britain to turn away from the bedrock principles of this country and infusing them with religious fanaticism. By penetrating the clandestine veil of Islamic radicalism, the book is able to interpret and analyse the closed social world of radical activism. Relatively unchallenged within British society, Radicalism Unveiled has one key purpose: to determine and explain why some young Muslims join Hizb ut-Tahrir.

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Farhaan Wali is a specialist in the study of Islam and Muslims in Britain. He has held several highly esteemed lectureship and research posts in the field of Muslims in Britain. He is currently a Research Director for special projects at the Hansen Fisher Trust, where he oversees a number of cross-cultural research projects in the private and public sector related to counter-terrorism and British Muslims. He has gained a noticeable reputation as a scholar in the study of radical Islam. Farhaan Wali obtained his doctorate from Royal Holloway, University of London.

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’An accessible and innovative study of the social world and ethos of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain. Critically evaluating the personal narratives of members - male and female - Wali identifies the radical pathways into the movement and its pattern of ideological indoctrination. The work is full of surprises, not least the extent to which it remains a middle class movement.’ Philip Lewis, University of Bradford, UK ’Wali offers a probing scholarly account that draws sensitively on his own experience of once being an Hizb ut-Tahrir insider, and succeeds in uncovering the complex roots of this controversial strand among British Muslims. Thanks to this study ordinary readers and policy makers alike now have a much better understanding of why and how Hizb ut-Tahrir has appealed to some British Muslims, as well as the range of motivations underpinning their support for it.’ Humayun Ansari, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK 'This book fills an important gap in the academic literature on Hizb-ut-Tahrir (HT) in the United Kingdom. ... As a former member of HT, Farhaan Wali’s access is excellent, as is his reflexivity about his own positionality within the research. ... this is a significant contribution to knowledge and will appeal widely to scholars, students, and policy-makers.' Journal of Contemporary Religion