Extremists in Our Midst: Confronting Terror by Abdul Haqq Baker:
‘…it [the book] challenges a popular stereotype of Salafi Islam, prevalent among many experts and many Muslims and non-Muslims alike, who fail to distinguish between mainstream and violent Salafism, equating all Salafis with violent Jihadists.
Too often popular discourse plays of so-called ‘‘moderate’’ Muslims over and against Salafi Muslims, simply equating Salafism with religious extremism and terrorism. Thus, for many Western secularists, moderate Muslims are those who advocate secular liberalism. Conservative or traditionalist Muslims are regarded as fundamentalists: theologically closed-minded, suspicious, or extreme. Liberal or self-styled progressive Muslims often fall into a similar trap, appropriating the term ‘‘moderate’’ solely for themselves and using the term Salafi and ‘‘fundamentalist’’ to dismiss or ridicule those espousing more conservative and theological positions.
In a world which continues to be threatened by foreign and domestic acts of terrorism, and in which Western governments and societies, are challenged to counter the growth of extremism and “homegrown” terrorists, Extremists in Our Midst: Confronting Terror is a “must read.”’ Foreword from John Esposito
The paperback edition was released on 11 November 2015. Details can be found via the following link:
Join the Club: How peer pressure can transform the world, Tina Rosenberg
- Excerpt from page 309:
‘If Abdul Haqq Baker were a supporter of terrorism, he would be one of the world’s most dangerous men. Instead, some of Britain’s frontline experts on Islamic radicalism consider him to be one of the most effective and important voices for preventing young men from falling into terrorism.’
Counter-Terrorism: Community-Based Approaches To Preventing Terror Crime, edited by Basia Spalek
‘This book examines community-based approaches to counter-terrorism through an analysis of the notions of community, partnership, engagement, gender and religion in order to shed new light on the potential of and drawbacks to these approaches.
Excerpt from Abdul Haqq’s Chapter 4 – ‘Engagement and Partnership in Community-Based Approaches to Counter-Terrorism’, page 77:
‘A significant proportion of the young Muslim population in Britain continues to view the police and other statutory authorities with mistrust. Negative pre-conversion experiences of African-Caribbean converts add to this sense of mistrust due to indelible impressions and scars to the racial psyche of such individuals…post conversion experiences and similar Islamophobic attitudes…have only served to reinforce pre-existing mistrust and suspicions.’