Barelwi and “Salafi-Islamist” “Extremism” – Sara Khan, Securitisation of Minorities and the Deformation Project

“The Ahmadiyya community is being used to bully Muslims into allowing the deformation of their faith. This enables deformists like Maajid Nawaz, Usama Hasan, Mughal, and Khan et al to in reality “redefine” Islam through a pseudo-liberal, neocon-coated lens and exclude mainstream Muslims from the “acceptable” social sphere under the rhetoric employed by PREVENT through Khan: “extremism”, “Islamism” and “Salafi-Islamism”.”

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To recap, Sara Khan had a written a piece for the anti-fascist group Hope not Hate’s (HnH) report State of Hate 2017. The first piece analysing it, Sara Khan’s connections with neoconservatives and the far-right counter-Jihad movement were established, demonstrating the incoherence of HnH’s decision to incorporate her writing.  In the second piece, the PREVENT framework Khan employed was demonstrated to be rooted in a problematic neoconservative epistemology, the consequence of which has been the demonisation of the Muslim diaspora and an effort to control Muslim discourse.  This was shown to be evident in Khan’s own writing, indicating to the fact that HnH had been used as a vehicle to promote PREVENT.

In this piece, the hypocritical exploitation of differences in various groups related to Muslims, as a mechanism to further extend the counter-terrorism framework in order to stringently regulate more facets of Muslim discourse, will be explored.  Khan’s tendency to…

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