British Muslims get arrested in Yemen for plotting terrorism. British Muslims attempt a 'martyrdom' bombing in Tel Aviv. We hear of British Muslims fighting for the Taliban and Al-Qaida. On 7 July 2005, four British Muslims killed themselves - and over fifty others - in the worst terrorist outrage in UK history. The London bombings shocked everyone, not just because of their scale, but because they were carried out by British citizens.
Many Britons are now asking the question - how did we arrive at this situation? Is there something in Islam - or in the British Muslim community - that causes such militancy? What were the aims of the bombers? What are we to make of voices in the community lauding 9/11, whilst others condemn it? Where do British Muslims stand on democracy? What is Shari'ah and is it compatible with British values? How do we understand the various groups claiming to represent the Muslim community in the UK?
From Rushdie to 7/7: The Radicalisation of British Islam examines how the British Muslim community became radicalised as a result of crises such as the Rushdie affair, the Gulf War, Bosnia, the Palestinian Intifada, and the Iraq War. It explains what Islam believes about jihad, law and government. This book is an attempt to answer the questions which since 7/7 have become ever-more pressing.