Religious extremism isn’t a new phenomenon, so what makes the challenges we face today different from those that have come before? Is religious extremism really on the rise, or does it just have a new look for a modern, technologically-advanced age? Given the pressures caused by an expanding global population in an increasingly interconnected world, is a clash of faiths inevitable?
‘Engage’ was set up with the specific aim of working and engaging with young people who have either been radicalised, or are at risk of radicalisation. Engage primarily focuses its work on two aspects: firstly to work directly with young people who are at risk of radicalisation who have been referred to the programme from a variety of sources such as parents, mosques and friends.
Under John Reid as Home Secretary, the Home Office was re-organised – he famously described it as being unfit for purpose. The office for Security and Counter-Terrorism was set up to take control of all counter-terrorism policy in government. Charles Farr was drafted in to lead this policy and with Gordon Brown as Prime Minister and Charles Farr as head of OSCT, there was considerable engagement with British Muslim communities.