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Granta 103: The Rise of the British Jihad

The One True God, Allah

At present, in Britain, there are at least 200 indigenous active terrorist cells being monitored by the Security Service MI5, with 4,000 British Muslims considered to be a threat to national security. How did we arrive at this state of affairs? A remarkable investigation by Richard Watson into the origins – and the rise – of the British jihad.

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Plus new fiction by Jennifer Haigh, Tahmima Anam and Daniel Alarcón

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Video: Richard Watson talks about the origins of Islamic fundamentalism in Britain and the future of terrorism and counter-intelligence

Interview: Granta’s Helen Gordon speaks to Daniel Alarcón about his short story, ‘The Bridge’.