Maajid Nawaz Joins LBC to Host Weekend Afternoons
Quilliam is delighted to announce that our Founding Chairman Maajid Nawaz is going to be a regular host ‘Leading Britain’s Conversation’ on LBC Radio every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 3pm, starting from 17th September.Having already offered LBC Radio and its listeners his own critical perspectives on a wide range of issues from the French burkini-ban and the War on Terror, to the fashion industry’s influence on female body image, Maajid will now be a regular host on the national radio station.
In this role, Maajid will continue to stand and campaign for the values that we, at Quilliam, advance on a daily basis, namely human rights, diversity and pluralism.
Haras Rafiq Steps Up to CEO and Adam Deen Moves to Managing Director UK
As Quilliam continues to expand in Europe and beyond, working with international governments and civil society networks alike, Quilliam is adapting to demand. Haras Rafiq, having served as Managing Director for two years, will now join the board, where he will continue his strategic services with major international stakeholders and build Quilliam’s global profile.
New Managing Director UK Speaks at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia
Adam Deen was invited to attend the Forum’s Night Owl Session “Ordinary Radical(s): In Search of a Meaningful Response” on 5th September with European CVE experts and officials. Adam offered exclusive insights into his personal story as a former extremist, which allowed for a fruitful discussion on the future of countering radicalisation and extremism in Europe. A video of the session and Adam’s story can be found here
Quilliam Briefs on Former Extremists at Counter-Daesh Coalition Roundtable
WHITEHALL – Head of Policy Jonathan Russell was invited by the Counter-Daesh Coalition to give a briefing on the role of former extremists in counter-extremism communications projects to an audience of public, private and 3rd sector firms. Jonathan ran through some key lessons learned from Quilliam’s 8 years of experience in this domain and fielded questions on innovative approaches to alternative narratives.
Haydar Zaki Presents to 6th Formers on Countering Extremism.
WREN ACADEMY – Haydar Zaki has given a lecture followed by a session of Q&A with the 6th formers at Wren Academy. The lecture discussed what extremism is, how ideologies work, and how as a civil society we need to counter the illiberal and intolerant ideas of extremism through free dialogue and human rights values. The teachers and students had expressed how much they enjoyed the lecture, and how a Quilliam speaker was a great edition to their “wild card Wednesday sessions.”
Senior Researcher in Islamic Studies Dr. Salah Al-Ansari has Taken Part in Annual Peace Walk at the Multi-cultural ForumSalah Al-Ansari gave a speech on the 15 year anniversary of 9/11 in Basingstoke. He talked to faith leaders about Quilliam’s efforts to counter extremism and radicalisation through civil society engagement, theological refutations, and policy-advise, and discussed the challenges posed by Islamist extremism to Islam as well as society. His talk was well-received.
Fempower Joins EU-wide ‘Alliance of Women Against Radicalisation and Extremism’
Quilliam is proud to join the groundbreaking Alliance of Women Against Radicalisation and Extremism (AWARE). AWARE brings together a partnership of organisations and individuals including Nadia Murad, Mothers for Life, and Women Without Borders. Quilliam is excited to be a founding partner and will continue to do research and outreach to reduce radicalisation amongst women and empower them in the fight against extremism.

CEO Haras Rafiq’s response to Tariq Ramadhan’s article on Prevent:

“Tariq opens his piece by regurgitating the widely discredited cliché that the Prevent strategy relies on a flawed understanding of radicalisation that assumes a linear trajectory going from basic religiosity to extremism, often referred to as the conveyor belt theory. However, official Prevent strategy documents are not a treatise on the radicalisation process, which is a highly complex and individualised process that often involves multiple factors acting simultaneously. As such, Prevent as a strategy does not have an official position on how people get radicalised and academics often differ about this process too. However, Prevent strategy documents do acknowledge a wide range of factors that can play a role”

Read the full response here

Maajid Nawaz’s gave a Freedom Lecture in Amsterdam on the 15 year anniversary of 9/11.

Watch it here

Children under 10 flagged for deradicalisation every day – The Telegraph
Jonathan Russell said factors behind the rise in referrals could include the “increased visibility” of so-called Islamic State leading to more radicalisation and the statutory Prevent duty, resulting in more referrals because frontline workers can now “spot the signs. The important thing to note is that the stats show that trained professionals think an increasing number of young people are vulnerable to radicalisation.”

‘Far too lenient!’ Hate preacher Anjem Choudary’s five year jail term is ‘NO deterrent’ – Express
“He has got five-and-a-half years for 15 years of radicalising youngsters in Britain and beyond towards jihadist terrorism. This is a sad indictment of the current state of our legislation.” – Haras Rafiq

Women and Radicalisation: Failed Paris plot features female recruits – France 24
“Families are key to understanding the factors that lead to radicalisation as well as to promoting deradicalisation” – Nikita Malik