He studied at Markfield Institute and al-Azhar University, Cairo.
In May 2015, the Telegraphs Andrew Gilligan described Ali as a leading figure in the Home Office’s Channel deradicalisation programme. This description came in the context of criticism of Theresa May's Extresmism Bill, of which Ali commented; '“The Government is obsessed with legislation but this is not something you can defeat by legislation. It is a battle of ideas and we have to defeat these ideas by argument, not by banning even having the debate.”
- 'Islam, Shariah and the Far Right' published by Demoqratiya journal and DIssent;
- 'A Guide to Refuting Jihadism' published by Henry Jackson Society and EFD.
- 'Blasphemy and Free Speech - Hebdo and reactions to the incidents in Paris', for the Institute for Strategic Dialogue.
- 'Is Quietist Salafism the antidote to ISIS'? for the Brookings Institute.
- Political Participation: Refuting the claims of Extremist Separatism' as part of the participatedontisolate.com campaign.
- Michael Weiss, Persons of Interest: Britain Learns from Ex-Islamists, World Affairs, July/August 2011.
- Rashad Ali: “The ISIS narrative is not orthodox religion, it’s a modern heresy”, Euronews, 4 January 2016.
- Rashad Ali, LinkedIn, accessed 9 May 2016.
- RASHAD ALI CONTRIBUTES TO BBC WORLD HAVE YOUR SAY DISCUSSION, Quilliam Foundation, 4 December 2008.
- Andrew Gilligan, How banning radical Islamists will play right into their hands, Telegraph, 31 May 2015.