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August 21, 2016

How has al-Muhajiroun hidden in plain sight?

Henry Jackson Society
Hannah Stuart

Anjem Choudary and his mentor in al-Muhajiroun, Omar Bakri Muhammad, had a standard joke to disarm journalists, interchangeably deployed between the two of them. Even in the group’s ideal, polygamous sharia Britain, Choudary would confide with a smile, he would “only have one wife. Nobody else would marry me because of the bad publicity.”

“It was pretty tongue-in-cheek at times with Anjem,” said Adam Deen, a former member of the group who worked with Choudary in the years after the 9/11 attacks and came to know him well. “He enjoyed the game. He absolutely relished being hated. But it was also very, very serious, a very calculated strategy.”

Hannah Stuart, a researcher for the Henry Jackson Society think tank who has catalogued every British terror incident, said 23% of all Islamist terrorists convicted in the UK “have a direct and provable link to al-Muhajiroun or one of its aliases, and at least 10% have a proven personal relationship with Anjem Choudary. The true proportions are undoubtedly higher.”

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Hannah Stuart

About Hannah Stuart

Hannah Stuart is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and has authored reports on extremism, terrorism and jihadist ideology as well as religious law and the role of religion in the public sphere. Hannah has a strong research record and her work has informed UK government policy. She gave testimony to the UK Home Affairs Select Committee on radicalisation. She has written analysis for the Wall Street Journal, The Times, Foreign Policy, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, and the Guardian, among others. Hannah has a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy (with Distinction) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Bristol.

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