Shiraz Maher

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Shiraz Maher was a Senior Fellow at the neoconservative Policy Exchange and ran Standpoint magazine's Focus on Islamism blog with Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens. He is currently a senior research fellow and Deputy Director of King's College London's International Center for the Study of Radicalisation.[1]

Like several other Muslims feted by neoconservatives, he also claims to be a reformed Islamist (which he equates with extremism)[2]. Like his fellow extremists-turned-neocons, Maher is not shy to flaunt his extremist past. He did a show for BBC's Panorama entitled 'How I became a Muslim extremist'[3] and he also highlights his extremist past as a qualification in his Standpoint magazine bio: 'From 2002-2005 he was a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, becoming regional officer for north-east England before resigning as a matter of conscience.'[4] In March 2009 Maher led a neocon campaign in support of Hazel Blears's efforts to get Daud Abdullah fired as the deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain[5] for signing the Istanbul Declaration in support of Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation. [6]

At the peak of Israel's bombing of Gaza earlier in 2009, Maher contributed an article to the Daily Telegraph titled 'Britain's Muslims should condemn Hamas, not Israel'. Besides using familiar neocon memes such as 'moral relativism' in the article, Maher goes on to present British Muslims with a choice: 'between Hamas, a terrorist group committed to destroying a sovereign state and its people – and Israel, the region's only democracy which is responding to that threat'. [7]

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Full transcript of the BBC Panorama report How I Became a Muslim Extremist can be found here.



  1. Shiraz Maher – Senior Research Fellow, ICSR Staff, accessed 20 February 2017
  2. Shiraz Maher, How I escaped Islamism, Times Online, 12 August 2007
  3. How I became a Muslim extremist, BBC Panorama, 28 September 2007
  4. Focus on Islam (bio) (accessed 1 August 2009)
  5. Shiraz Maher, Daud Abdullah must resign, The Guardian, 27 March 2009
  6. Brian Whitaker, Alienating British Muslims, The Guardian, 24 March 2009
  7. Shiraz Maher, Britain's Muslims should condemn Hamas, not Israel, The Daily Telegraph, 9 January 2009
  8. Shiraz Maher profile, Gatestone Institute, accessed 28 March 2013
  9. Ties that Bind: How the story of Britain's Muslim soldiers can forge a national identity, Policy Exchange and the Pears Foundation, 5 September 2011, accessed 9 January 2013
  10. ICSR Hosts Panel of Experts on Deradicalisation ICSR, accessed 29 November 2009.
  11. Student Rights Our Advisory Board, retrieved from the Internet Archive of 11 December 2011, accessed 11 January 2013