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Radicalism Unveiled

1st Edition

By Farhaan Wali


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.


’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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Religion and International Security

Religion and International Security
In the twenty-first century religion has become an increasingly important factor in international relations and international security. Religion is seen by policy makers and academics as being a major contributor in conflict and its successful resolution. The role of the Ashgate series in Religion and International Security is to provide such policy makers, practitioners, researchers and students with a first port of call in seeking to find the latest and most comprehensive research on religion and security. The series provides established and emerging authors with an opportunity to publish in a series with a reputation for high quality and cutting edge research in this field. The series produces analytical and scholarly works from around the world that demonstrate the relevance of religion in security and international relations. The intention is not to be prescriptive or reductionist in restricting the types of books that would be appropriate for the series and as such encourages a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches. International security is broadly defined to incorporate inter and intra-state conflict, human security, terrorism, genocide, religious freedom, human rights, environmental security, the arms trade, securitisation, gender security, peace keeping, conflict resolution and humanitarian intervention. The distinguishing feature is the religious element in any security or conflict issue.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State