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PREVENT: creating “radicals” to strengthen anti-Muslim narratives

Qureshi, Asim (2015) PREVENT: creating “radicals” to strengthen anti-Muslim narratives. Critical Studies on Terrorism, 8 (1). pp. 181-191. ISSN 1753-9153. (doi:10.1080/17539153.2015.1005938) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:73335)

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“She is of good behaviour and a good Muslim. Against this background, I accept on the evidence before me that this defendant gathered together the contents of the SD card in order to explore and understand the charges which her brothers faced. There is no evidence that she was motivated by their ideology or was preparing to follow them.” The judge in the case of Umm Ahmed clarified to the court that she had not been involved in illegality or had any intention to pose a threat to the UK. Despite this recognition, he sentenced Begum to a 12-month prison term for possessing the magazine Inspire which she had been reading to understand her charged brother’s case. What is unknown is the story of how Umm Ahmed was subjected to a deradicalisation programme, under the auspices of PREVENT and CHANNEL, without any indication of actual involvement in terrorism. The use of deradicalisation narratives in schools, universities and hospitals has led to the criminalisation of large sections of the various Muslim communities in the UK. Based on our experience of cases such as Umm Ahmed, we hope to present a view of how an aggressive anti-Muslim narrative that is based on assumptions subverts the political expression/identity of individuals by turning them into potential threats. The advocacy group CAGE has been working with Umm Ahmed in order to highlight the abuse of the terrorism narrative in her case, but also to understand the actual implementation of PREVENT and CHANNEL beyond their conceptual promotion as a safeguarding tool. By understanding the everyday interactions with PREVENT, a picture can be formed of the way that a false presentation of narratives can lead to a person becoming an “extremist” or “terrorist”, while the truth may lie in a completely alternative place.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17539153.2015.1005938
Uncontrolled keywords: PREVENT, CHANNEL, deradicalisation, anti-Muslim, terrorism, extremism
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: A. Qureshi
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2019 15:10 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 11:02 UTC
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