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How to define and tackle Islamist Extremist in the UK

Elahi, M. & Hargreaves, J. (2022). How to define and tackle Islamist Extremist in the UK. ICCT Research Paper, doi: 10.19165/2022.1.05


This article presents a legal and public policy analysis of Shakeel Begg v British Broadcasting Corporation, a British libel case brought before the High Court in 2016. Begg v BBC provides a lens through which current debates on extremism and counter-extremism in the UK may be analysed. More specifically, the authors use their analysis of the case to address criticisms levied against the UK Government’s counter-extremism strategy, including the conceptualisation and definition of “Islamist extremism”. The article offers two main contentions. First, that the judgment in Begg v BBC has been undervalued by politicians and policymakers in the UK, as well as by scholars, journalists and other commentators. Second, that Lord Justice Haddon-Cave’s judgment in Begg v BBC provides a useful framework for those wishing to define, identify and tackle Islamist extremism, and extremism of any kind, in the UK and elsewhere.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: ICCT publications are published in open access format and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Publisher Keywords: counter-terrorism, definition, extremism, Islamist, policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs
School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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