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Shades of grey: from simplified to complex thinking
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Shades of grey: from simplified to complex thinking

Professor Lynn Davies “He does get angry… politically and Islamically…. he was very divisive at that stage. And very two tone: black and white, right and wrong, and Islam, tawhid and shirk. And there’s nothing in the grey. There’s no middle ground there”. This was the observation made by a relative of a (former) violent […]

Racism, Far Right Nationalism and the Murder of Jo Cox
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Racism, Far Right Nationalism and the Murder of Jo Cox

Professor Lynn Davies: The trial of Thomas Mair, who has today been found guilty of murdering MP Jo Cox, revealed disturbing details relating to the brutal attack. Mair shouted ‘Britain First, this is for Britain’ as he engaged in the stabbing. His justification would be Cox’s strong support for the Remain campaign, which in his […]

‘Terror in our back gardens’: Reactions to UK foreign fighters in Syria
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‘Terror in our back gardens’: Reactions to UK foreign fighters in Syria

Since 2012, over 20,000 foreigners have joined Sunni militant organizations in Syria and Iraq, making the current conflict the largest mobilization of foreign fighters since 1945. Nearly a fifth of these foreign fighters are citizens of Western European countries, and with an estimated 500-600 British nationals thought to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight, the UK is one of the largest European sources of foreign fighters.

Donald Trump and The Language of Extremism
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Donald Trump and The Language of Extremism

By Fiona Maida, Education consultant, Leeds.  I am sitting here writing this piece, four days ahead of the American election, when the most powerful democracy on earth will choose the leader of the ‘free world’. Whoever wins the election (we now know that this is Donald Trump), and by the time you read this blog, […]

The Duty of Discussion:Going beyond WRAP Prevent training for schools.
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The Duty of Discussion:Going beyond WRAP Prevent training for schools.

So, what’s the link between Henry VIII and ISIS beheadings? What’s British about British Values? What’s the Prevent Duty? What are safe spaces and how do we conduct difficult discussions in schools? Can a young person wear a wristband supporting Palestine? What does Ofsted inspect around Prevent?   Critiques of the UK government’s Prevent strategy […]

The Appeal of ISIS is Political, Rather than Religious.
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The Appeal of ISIS is Political, Rather than Religious.

Zubeda Limbada and Professor Lynn Davies.  Those who join ISIS are often swayed by the sense of belonging or excitement they feel a caliphate offers.  Since 9/11, there has been a trend of referring to terrorist attacks as “new terror,” which falsely and unhelpfully severs current acts from the longer history of political violence. There […]

Citizen of Nowhere:Global Citizenship Education to Prevent Violent Extremism
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Citizen of Nowhere:Global Citizenship Education to Prevent Violent Extremism

Professor Lynn Davies:  At the 2016 Conservative party conference, the British Prime Minister Theresa May attacked the workings of the rootless ‘international elite’ with the words “If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere”.  Global citizenship education (GCE) has struggled over the years with the somewhat amorphous notion of […]

How do you spot signs of radicalisation?
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How do you spot signs of radicalisation?

Professor Lynn Davies & Zubeda Limbada After Ofsted’s thematic review into Prevent found “a worrying number of providers struggling to implement the duty”, Zubeda Limbada and Lynn Davies explain how to spot signs of radicalisation. The actual wording of the Prevent duty on educational institutions is that they need to have ‘due regard to the […]

Blog: Tackling Sexual Harassment is down to us all 
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Blog: Tackling Sexual Harassment is down to us all 

This article first appeared on the St Giles Trust blog in September 2016 Our guest blogger CJ welcomes that the issue of sexual harassment in schools is being addressed and explains how SOS+ can help. The shocking and saddening statistic from the Women’s Equalities Committee (published 13 September) report which shows nearly 59% of girls […]

9/11: The Al Qaeda attacks on New York’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon in Washington on 11th September 2001, which triggered President George W Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ and the  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

7/7: The co-ordinated bomb attacks on London by four young British men in the name of Al Qaeda, on 7th July 2005, which killed 52 people.

Al Qaeda: Terrorist group founded in 1988 by Osama Bin Laden, which committed the 9/11 attacks.

Islamic State (Daesh/IS/ISIS/ISIL): Terrorist group formed after the fall of Saddam Hussain in Iraq and the civil war in Syria. It is the most prominent recruiter of Westerners to its mission to establish its own state.

CONTEST & the ‘4 Ps’: The British Government’s Counter Terrorism strategy initiated in 2006, revised in 2011, consisting of 4 strands: Prepare, Protect, Prevent and Pursue.

Prevent: Aiming to stop (prevent) individuals from supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists.