BBC Two investigates young Muslim extremists

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor


BBC Two has scheduled a three-part series in which presenter Peter Taylor investigates the terrorist threat from young Muslim extremists radicalised on the Internet.

Investigating the origins of ‘Generation Jihad’, Taylor looks at the radicalisation process and unravels the history, from Rushdie to Afghanistan, that has set ‘Generation Jihad’ on its path.

In a programme synopsis provided to, it says, “Yorkshire ��� home to many thriving Muslim communities ��� is also home to three of the bombers who attacked London on the 7th July 2005. In Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, he investigates the case of Hammaad Munshi ��� how did a bright, well-educated 15-year-old end up becoming Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist?”

The programme features in-depth interviews with two members of this generation ��� Bilal Mohammed and Rizwan Ditta, also from West Yorkshire, who have been convicted under Britain’s anti-terror laws.

Taylor also delves into the history of British Islam and discovers a group that has shed the moderate faith which their parents brought to this country and adopted a brand of Islam imported from the Middle East and which they believe compels them to stand apart from Britain and its values.

Taylor also examines the background of Jamal Lindsay, who blew up an underground train in London on 7th July 2005, speaking to people who knew him well. A similar picture emerges of a young man cut off from society and positive male role models.

‘Generation Jihad’ starts on Monday 8th February at 21:00 and continues following two Mondays on BBC Two.