Understanding Salafi-Jihadism and the Current Terrorist Threat to Europe

Time & Date

Tuesday 6th September 2016

Registration – 18:00
Event start – 18:15
Event finish – 19:15


Policy Exchange
10 Storey’s Gate

This event was held at Policy Exchange on Tuesday 6th September 2016 and featured Shiraz Maher, leading expert on Islamist extremism and Tom Holland, acclaimed historian and author. With an introduction by Lord Evans of Weardale KCB, former Director General of MI5.

As terrorism presses ever harder on European security, it is vital to understand the religious dynamics behind the threat (particularly salafi-jihadism), as well as those relevant to the target – with Christianity as a factor affecting European political and security policy reactions and responses to terrorism.

Discussing these issues will be Shiraz Maher, author of the recently-published Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea, and Tom Holland, acclaimed author and expert on ancient and medieval European history, with comments on the current security threat by Lord Evans.

Shiraz Maher is the Deputy Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) and is currently coordinating the Centre’s research on the Syrian and Iraqi conflicts. He is a leading expert on Islamist extremism, counter-terrorism, the development of Salafi-Jihadi ideology, and jihadist organisations in the broader Middle East. He has conducted fieldwork across the world and has interviewed members of the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusrah, and Egyptian revolutionaries in Tahrir Square. His latest book, Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea, was published by Hurst in April 2016.

Tom Holland is an award-winning author and historian. His Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic, won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History. Persian Fire, his history of the Graeco-Persian wars, won the Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award in 2006. His third work of history, Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom, was published in the autumn of 2008. In the Shadow of the Sword (2012), covers the collapse of Roman and Persian power in the Near East, and the emergence of Islam. Dynasty, about the first Caesars, has been published by Little, Brown Book Group. Tom Holland is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Making History. He has written and presented a number of TV documentaries, on subjects ranging from religion to dinosaurs.

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