Rashad Ali is a Senior Fellow at ISD. As a counter terrorism practitioner, he works on deradicalisation initiatives alongside Prisons, Probation Services, Police and community groups.
He was formerly a national leadership member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the revolutionary Islamist organisation. He has been actively involved in undermining its extreme ideology and perversion of Muslim faith since his departure.
He is classically trained in Islamic theology and jurisprudence and Modern studies in Islam. He studied at al-Azhar University, Cairo, and the Markfield Institute.
As a researcher he has given testimony and contributed submissions to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Radicalisation, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Intelligence and has briefed the London Mayor’s office on Counter Terrorism.
He is the author of: ‘Islam, Shariah and the Far Right’ published by Demoqratiya journal; ‘A Guide to Refuting Jihadism’ published by HJS and EFD; a chapter analyizing Hizb ut Tahrir ideology and strategy, and more recently ‘Blasphemy and Free Speech – Hebdo and reactions to the incidents in Paris’, for the ISD.
He has been consulted by think tanks and governments in Germany, Denmark, the EU and the US. He works across Europe. He is an external lecturer for Derby University’s Master Class courses on Radicalisation and Counter Terrorism.
He has written for The Observer, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Times, Dissent Magazine, Birlingske in Denmark, Conservative Home, and given commentary for Newsnight, BBC News. He was a researcher and Assistant Producer for BBC’s flagship Panorama documentary show.