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Ali Riaz

first Gulf War (1991). An ardent supporter of the Palestinian cause since his youth, Galloway had defended Hezbollah and Hamas on many occasions. He led War On Want, a British charity that campaigns against poverty worldwide, between 1983 and 1987 and became the Vice President of the Stop the War Coalition in 2001. He opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq and alleged that Prime Minister Tony Blair lied to lead the country into war. His controversial comments, such as calling on British troops ‘to refuse MUP_Riaz_IslamIdentity_Revised.indd 2 21/02/2013 16

in Islam and identity politics among British-Bangladeshis
The internal factors
Ali Riaz

_Riaz_IslamIdentity_Revised.indd 102 21/02/2013 16:30 identity, islamism and politics: internal factors 103 salizing their messages they have connected the marginalized Bengali Muslims to the Muslim world. In these discourses the entire Muslim world was enduring the problems inflicted by the West as much as the Bangladeshis in Britain were. Thus, the war in Bosnia, or the first Gulf War (1991) were part of their struggle. The community is no longer defined by geography but is identified with a global ummah defined by religion. Islam, therefore, is presented as an emancipatory meta

in Islam and identity politics among British-Bangladeshis