This discussion will aim to gauge the continuing appeal to young British Muslims of ‘caliphism’, a mindset where Islam is no longer a spiritual pathway to God but an expansionist imperial project that stands against the West, against the nation state and against secular Muslim and non-Muslim populations.
The ‘caliphist’ narrative of groups like Hibz Ut Tahrir, the Muslim Brotherhood and the Jamaat e Islami, drawn from fundamentalist Deobandi and Salafi doctrines, conjures an idealised past rather than a feasible project in a world of nation states more powerful than the Muslim ‘umma’.
Why does it continue to resonate among large numbers British Muslims? Why do they continue to adopt a narrow insular identity bound to sharia governed Islamic states, with little social or psychological stake in British civic life? How can a confident, forward looking British Muslim identity evolve rooted in the locale of a free, Western secular democracy?
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to welcome Dr Taj Hargey and Fiyaz Mughal OBE to this timely event and invites you to take part in this important discussion.