Virtually Islamic Blog

Professor Gary R. Bunt

Tablighi Jama'at/Zakir Naik Research

Matthew J. Kuiper, Da'wa and Other Religions: Indian Muslims and the Modern Resurgence of Global Islamic Activism, Routledge, 2017 Read More…

Product Placement

Blackwell's have a page for 'Hashtag Islam'. Read More…

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

AFP/Rudaw, Al-Qaeda's shadow still hangs over Syria's Idlib: analysts
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Digital Piety in Bangladesh: A Psychosocial Analysis

Sayeed al-Zaman, Digital Piety in Bangladesh: A Psychosocial Analysis (ResearchGate)
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Populism, Extremism and New Media

International Conference on Populism, Extremism and New Media. January 11-12, 2019. University of Padua, Italy. Read More…

New book: 'A Critique of the Abrogation Theory'

My former student, Jasser Auda, has a new book out: Jasser Auda & Adil Salahi, A Critique of the Abrogation Theory in Islam (Goodreads page)
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Digital Qur'an MSS Tweet

Tweet about digital Qur'an mss in the Vatican Read More…

Pew Research findings

Pew Research Center, Eastern and Western Europeans Differ on Importance of Religion, Views of Minorities, and Key Social Issues
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Manuscripts | Digital Resources and Projects in Islamic Studies

Maydan, Manuscripts | Digital Resources and Projects in Islamic Studies Read More…

The Power of Twitter

BBC Radio 4, The Power of Twitter Read More…

Abu Ali al-Anbari

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, The Biography of Abu Ali al-Anbari: Full Translation and Analysis

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Assessing Outcomes of Online Campaigns Countering Violent Extremism

Todd C. Helmus, Kurt Klein, Rand, Assessing Outcomes of Online Campaigns Countering Violent Extremism
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How Islamic is "Islamic Studies"?

YouTube, How Islamic is "Islamic Studies"? Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad, Distinguished Lecture
I haven't seen this in fully yet.
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Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, Don't Shut Down the Internet's Biggest Jihadi Archive, 10 Dec 2018 Read More…

IS 'History'

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi, The Islamic State Research Office's Self-History

Long read, with lots of interesting detail. I haven't gone through it all yet.
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Jihadology Access Concerns

David Bond,, How extremist videos are hitting UK relations with US tech groups, 2 Dec 2018
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Racial bias: report

Guardian, Revealed: the stark evidence of everyday racial bias in Britain, 2 Dec 2018

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True Origins of ISIS

Hassan Hassan, The Atlantic, The True Origins of ISIS: A secret biography suggests that Abu Ali al-Anbari defined the group’s radical approach more than any other person, 30 Nov 2018
Important article from Hassan Hassan.

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Building pictures of online activity, 'Big picture' platforms boost fight against online terror activity, 29 Nov 2018
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Research on Reddit

vox-pol, Upvoting Extremism, Part I: An Assessment Of Extreme Right Discourse On Reddit
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The Page 99 Test

Here's my response to the Page 99 Test … Read More…

Panel on social media and information war in the Middle East

CFTNI, Social Media and Information War in the Middle East
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Matthew Hedges' Case

Matthew Hedges Case Read More…

Building Resilience to Extremism and Exploitation

I'm participating in the 'Building Resilience to Extremism and Exploitation' event in Cardiff on 28 November Read More…

Report on Fake News +

Patrik Hermansson, Hope Not Hate, Bots, Fake News and the Anti-Muslim Message on Social Media Read More…

Research on search data

'Using Internet search data to examine the relationship between anti-Muslim and pro-ISIS sentiment in U.S. counties' research paper

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UNC Press Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks 15th Anniversary

Bruce B. Lawrence: Celebrating the Fifteenth Anniversary of the Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks Book Series at UNC Press

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'Hashtag Islam' at AAR

'Hashtag Islam' at AAR (UNC Press Stand) - given I couldn't make it in person …

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UNC Press 15th Anniversary celebration

UNC Press is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks series, which I have had the privilege of contributing to. Great team to work with.
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'Hashtag Islam'

Publishers Weekly, Faith Matters: Religion & Spirituality Spotlight 2018 refers to 'Hashtag Islam' Read More…

Islam as statecraft: How governments use religion in foreign policy

Peter Mandaville and Shadi Hamid, Islam as statecraft: How governments use religion in foreign policy, Brookings
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South Asia Edition: 'Hashtag Islam'

Pentagon Press edition - Hashtag Islam

My book 'Hashtag Islam' is now available to order in the Indian sub-continent from Pentagon Press. This is a special edition (hardback) with a different cover.


It's also available via the usual bookshops, and from

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Facebook admits it was used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar

BBC News, Facebook admits it was used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, 6 Nov 2018 Read More…

Asian Image, 'Criminalising thoughts': How Muslims are being targeted in new Counter-terrorism bill

Asian Image, 'Criminalising thoughts': How Muslims are being targeted in new Counter-terrorism bill Read More…

The Cost of Crying Victory: Policy Implications of the Islamic State’s Territorial Collapse

Liesbeth van der Heide, Charlie Winter and Shiraz Maher, The Cost of Crying Victory: Policy Implications of the Islamic State’s Territorial Collapse report "In light of the territorial demise of the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria, this report analyses the continued risks posed by IS. " Read More…

'Defending Scholarship'

Michael Munnik, Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK. Defending scholarship in public debates

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ISIS still a 'problem' online

CNBC, ISIS may be quashed on the ground, but it's still a 'problem' online, EU security official says

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Islam in Britain blog

I continue to maintain my Islam in Britain blog. Some of the materials cross-over into the themes of this blog. Read More…

Identity and 'Islamophobia'

C.J. Werleman,, How do white Muslims experience Islamophobia?
Social media linkage to this interesting article/opinion piece.
"I'm white and English. I've never faced racism in my life. I became a Muslim, then people would hurl abuse as I was no longer white," tweeted Christopher John George. "I never knew how bad it felt until I was on the other side… it is DISGUSTING."
"His tweet illuminates not only how Islamophobia is a virulent form of racism, but also narrates an untold story of the Muslim experience in western societies today - the story of how white converts to Islam are now considered by some racists as traitors to their race."

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Academydd o’r Drindod Dewi Sant yn canolbwyntio ar Islam yn y seiberofod ar gyhoeddiad ei lyfr newydd

PYYDDS, Academydd o’r Drindod Dewi Sant yn canolbwyntio ar Islam yn y seiberofod ar gyhoeddiad ei lyfr newydd
"Mae cyhoeddiad rhyngwladol sy’n canolbwyntio ar sut mae amgylchoedd seiber-Islamaidd yn trawsnewid awdurdod crefyddol wedi cael ei gyhoeddi gan academydd o gampws y brifysgol yn Llambed. "
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UWTSD Academic focusses on Islam in cyberspace with new book release

University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UWTSD Academic focusses on Islam in cyberspace with new book release

"An international publication focussing on how cyber-Islamic environments are transforming religious authority has been released by a UWTSD Lampeter based academic."

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South Asia edition - Hashtag Islam

The planned publication date for the South Asia edition of 'Hashtag Islam' is mid-November. This will allow for a cheaper and more accessible copy to be available for readers in this market. I understand everything is on schedule. Full details, ISBN and cover will be posted as soon as the information becomes available from the publisher. Read More…

Hashtag Islam NOOK ebook

More product placement: my book 'Hashtag Islam' is available through Barnes & Noble as a NOOK ebook. It's an ideal format to take a look at my research.

Hashtag Islam - UK

Hashtag Islam: How Cyber Islamic Environments are Transforming Religious Authority is now available through UK bookshops (on- and offline).

Hashtag Islam cover

Trump and Far-Right

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Digital Middle East

New book 'Digital Middle East' looks very promising. Read More…

Research Archive

J.M. Berger has provided an archive of research materials, via Check this thread for more details. His book is recommended. Part of the archive is here

Google Scholar issues

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Follow Me, Akhi.

Forthcoming in 2019


Hussein Kesvani, Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims, Hurst & Co
"What does it mean to be Muslim in Britain today? If the media is anything to go by, it has something to do with mosques, community leaders, whether you wear a veil, and what your views on religious extremists are. But as all our lives become increasingly entwined with our online presence, British Muslims are taking to social media to carve their own narratives and tell their own stories, challenging stereotypes along the way."
Looking forward to seeing this.

Commercial break

Paperback/hardback versions of 'Hashtag Islam: How Cyber-Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority' (Islamic Civilization and Muslim Networks) are available from this week via Also available directly from the publisher, through all good bookstores and online retailers (with market variations in terms of release date).

Hashtag Islam

'Hashtag Islam' is officially out this week, in hardback, paperback and e-book formats (in some markets, different dates apply to some of these elements). The book is the culmination of several years research. I welcome feedback from readers via this website or through social media.

Book details

Related Research

Richard A. Nielsen, Deadly Clerics: Blocked Ambition and the Paths to Jihad (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

I was interested to see information on this book, published in 2017. I haven't read it yet (just ordered a copy). Dr Richard Nielsen is also working on issues associated with religious authority and the internet. I will update on the book once I have read it.

Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit

Middle East Eye, Muslims in Europe facing 'hostility in everyday life', Islamophobia study finds "European academics and policy makers came together at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday to launch what they describe as a "toolkit" to tackle Islamophobia across the continent." Toolkit link here: Counter-Islamophobia Toolkit – Prof. Ian Law, Dr Amina Easat-Daas and Prof. S. Sayyid


Sam Jackson, Vox-Pol, FlockWatch: Tracking Changes in Language in Text Datasets Over Time, 26 Sep 2018

Important research tool discussed by its developer, which allows for language flexibility in data capture. I haven't tried FlockWatch yet.

Prisons and Radicalisation

Independent, How British prisons became a breeding ground for Islamist extremism "Ian Acheson, a former prison governor who led the review, told The Independent that a “lethal combination of arrogance and ineptitude at the top meant that the scale of the problem was not remotely understood”."

Useful summary with links to reports.

Islamic Studies Pathways - Revived

I will be revising/reviving Islamic Studies Pathways, which I started in 1996. Its most recent incarnation was on Tumblr, so I am linking to it here. Watch this space for further revisions.

Building Resilience for Terrorism Researchers

Peter King, Vox-Pol, Building Resilience for Terrorism Researchers, September 19, 2018
While this is not my immediate area, I appreciate many of the points made by Peter King in this article relating to methodology and subject related 'fatigue' and stress.

Debunking Myths on Gender and Extremism

Rachel Bryson, Debunking Myths on Gender and Extremism, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, "In this collection of papers, experts weigh in on assumptions about women’s roles in violent Islamist extremism that hold back informed policymaking."

Contesting identities within cultural insecurity

Currently taking a look at this interesting thesis, which draws on a number of elements associated with the study of cyber Islamic Environments. Kathleen Woodhouse-Ledermann, Contesting identities within cultural insecurity: The case of Muslim women in contemporary France (Rutgers, 2018) [PDF download]
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