Interviewees & Contributors

Ishtiaq Ahmed
Ex-General Secretary of the Bradford Council of Mosques; facilitated the book burning of Rushdie’s Satanic Verses in Bradford, England.

Mohammed Ajeeb
First Asian Lord Mayor in the UK, Bradford 1985-1986. Along with Amin Qureshi, led the campaign for Ray Honeyford’s dismissal from Drummond Middle School.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ex-Muslim, ex-Dutch Member of Parliament. Wrote the film Submission with Theo Van Gogh, who was subsequently killed by an Islamist offended by the film. Ali has received numerous death threats due to her criticism of Islam, particularly its attitude towards women. Currently living and working in USA for a think-tank.

Martin Amis
Writer who poses the question; ‘Do you feel morally superior to the Taliban?’

Philip Balmforth
Worked as a ‘Vulnerable Persons Officer’ (Asian Women) in Bradford, England. Removed from his position due to pressure from the local council who were concerned his work was causing bad publicity for ‘Bradford’s regeneration’.

Zena Briggs
British-Asian author received death threats from her family for fleeing a forced marriage. Lobbies for Asian women’s rights.

Roy Brown
Representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Talks about challenging the UN’s resolution ‘Combating Defamation of Religion,’ which prevents discussing human rights abuses in relationship to Sharia law.

Anjem Choudary
Islamist, former spokesman for Islam4UK, previously Al-Muhajiroun.

Pat Condell
Writer, ex-comedian, provocateur. Anti-multiculturalist.

Ann Cryer
British, Ex-Member of Parliament campaigned against forced marriage. Speaks about problems of politicians addressing this issue publicly, for fear of losing votes and being labeled racist/Islamophobe.

Timothy Garton Ash
Author and Professor of European Studies at Oxford University, discusses with Mehdi Hassan during the Orwell Debate, ‘What can’t you speak about in the 21st century?’

Johann Hari
Writer and Britain-based journalist for The Independent newspaper.

Mehdi Hasan
Senior political editor New Statesman, discusses with Timothy Garton Ash during the Orwell Debate, ‘What can’t you speak about in the 21st century?’

Usama Hasan
British senior lecturer in engineering and information sciences, and an Imam. Received death threats due to his suggestion that Darwin’s theory of evolution is compatible with the Koran.

David Henshaw
Producer of current affairs documentary Undercover Mosque, for the Channel 4 Dispatches programme.

Christopher Hitchens
Writer and public speaker. Joins Shirley Williams in a debate about Salman Rushdie’s knighthood and if it was an offense to Muslims worldwide, due to Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses.

Theodor Holman
Broadcaster and best friend of Theo van Gogh.

Angela Honeyford
Wife of ex-head teacher Ray Honeyford.

Ray Honeyford
Ex-head teacher of Drummond Middle School in Bradford, England. Forced to resign in 1985 amid accusations of racism due to articles he wrote about the failures of state multiculturalism.

Kenan Malik
Writer, lecturer, broadcaster and scientist - author of From Fatwa to Jihad.

Maryam Namazie
Director of organisation ‘One Law for All,’ fighting for the rights of women, and against Sharia courts/Sharia law being introduced in Britain.

Maajid Nawaz
Heads the Quilliam Foundation – a progressive Muslim organisation founded by the Government. A former member of extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Mizanur Rahman
Islamist activist sentenced to 6 years in prison for inciting violence during protests against the Danish cartoons; the sentence was commuted to 4 years

Adnan Rashid
Senior Researcher: Hittin Institute – an Islamic Think Tank based in Britain.

Flemming Rose
Editor of Jyllands-Posten – publisher of the Mohammed Cartoons.

Salman Rushdie
Extract of an interview with writer Salman Rushdie and Irshad Manji about the problems of ‘cultural relativism.’

Gita Sahgal
Ex-Head of Gender at Amnesty International, talks about her experience with Women Against Fundamentalism [WAF] and Southall Black Sisters during the Rushdie affair.

Jasvinder Sanghera
Runs Karma Nirvana – Asian women’s centre which campaigns against honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

Gijs van de Westerlaken
Producer of the film Submission, written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Theo van Gogh.

Anna Waters
Legal representative of ‘One Law for All.’ See Maryam Namazie.

Geert Wilders protesters
Islamists protesting outside the Houses of Parliament when Geert Wilders visited the UK to talk about his controversial film, Fitna.

Shirley Williams
British politician and academic. Joins Christopher Hitchens in a debate about Salman Rushdie’s knighthood and if it was an offense to Muslims worldwide, due to Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses.


Mohammed Amran youngest ever commissioner for the Commission for Racial Equality, currently involved in numerous community projects in Bradford

Andrew Anthony journalist/writer for the Guardian and Observer and author of The Fallout

Apna Haq Asian women’s support group for victims of domestic violence

Sher Azam former president of the Bradford Council of Mosques and leader of protests against Satanic Verses

Paul Cliteur Dutch philosopher, professor of law, lecturer and critic of multiculturalism

Erica Connor head teacher who won a court case against the Local Education Authority for unfair dismissal, due to false accusations of racism and religious discrimination

Alun Francis principal The Oldham College

J. Mark Halstead former journalist in Lebanon and lecturer in Saudi Arabia, teaches in multicultural and religious education, ethics and humanities; supporter of multiculturalism

Dr. Taj Hargey Imam at The Muslim Education Centre of Oxford

Lee Jasper race-equality campaigner and former Senior Policy Advisor on Equalities to the Mayor of London

Graham Mahoney ex-Head of Race Relations at Bradford Council

Andrew McCluskey supply teacher dismissed from Bayliss Court Secondary School for discussing Islamist suicide bombers

Munira Mirza advisor to the Mayor of London on culture and youth

Lord Herman Ouseley author of The Bradford Race Review Report 2001

AbdoolKarim Vakil chair, Research and Documentation Committee, Muslim Council of Britain; lecturer in history at King’s College London

Women Against Fundamentalism organization challenging the rise of fundamentalism in all religions