Author Biography

Dr. Farhaan Wali is a specialist in the study of Islam and Muslims in Britain. He has held several highly esteemed lectureship and research posts in the field of Muslims in Britain. Currently, he is a lecturer in Religious Studies at Bangor University. He has gained a noticeable reputation as a scholar in radical Islam. In addition to his academic expertise, he has been involved in a number of cross-cultural research projects in the private sector related to counter-terrorism and British Muslims. Farhaan Wali has obtained a doctorate in political science from Royal Holloway (University of London).



Subject Area Keywords

Fundamentalism, Identity, Ideology, Islamic culture and politics, Radicalization


Moving beyond the concern with causes of radicalization, this article explores the transformative aspect of radicalization within Hizb ut-Tahrir (The Liberation Party). The personal narratives obtained from this ethnographic fieldwork are placed into a frame of reference related to how radicalization occurs within Hizb ut-Tahrir. Gaining insight into this social phenomenon required an ‘ethnographic’ approach, which allowed me to study members of Hizb ut-Tahrir in their natural setting. My access to Hizb ut-Tahrir put me in the unique position of being able to gather the biographical information required to study radicalization. In essence, I sought to acquire, from within the group setting, an understanding of how members become indoctrinated within Hizb ut-Tahrir. As the findings reveal, Hizb ut-Tahrir radicalization is a narrow cognitive process that has distinct behavioural outcomes.


Farhaan Wali