Articles Owen writes for the London Review of Books and has a column in Pakistan’s leading newspaper Dawn. You can find links to a selection of his articles, radio documentaries and TV films below. Deobandis Deobandis September 8, 2016 Largely because 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in the 9/11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism is often cited as the fountainhead of violent jihadism, but that is to make too much of its significance compared to o… The Deobandis in Pakistan June 13, 2016 Owen Bennett Jones investigates the beliefs of an influential, global Islamic movement that was founded in a small Indian town. The Deobandis in India June 6, 2016 The story of India’s Deobandi school of Islam, which has inspired both a peaceful global missionary movement and the Taliban. Deobandi Variations April 21, 2016 Here’s a tale of two madressahs: one Deoband north of Delhi, the other in Akora Khattak, Pakistan. The Deobandis in the UK April 5, 2016 The Deobandis are the largest Islamic group in the UK, running over 40% of mosques and a network of seminaries. Owen Bennett Jones investigates who they are and what they believe. Deobandis in UK March 10, 2016 “BRING me your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” For many decades, when immigrants to the US arrived by ship, that inscription on the Statue of Liberty welcomed them to their new home. And as soon as the newcomer… MEK The MEK and Iran June 7, 2012 The story of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, also known as the Mujahedin e Khalq (MEK), is all about the way image management can enable a diehard enemy to become a cherished ally. The MEK is currently campaigning to be… The Strange World of the People’s Mujahedin April 9, 2012 The People’s Mujahedin of Iran – terrorists, victims or Iranian government-in-waiting? MQM MQM and UK September 9, 2016 LONDON: A senior Whitehall official has denied that the British government is trying to protect the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) from legal charges. “There is no pressure from any part of the British state to go soft o… MQM Money laundering April 27, 2016 LONDON: The Metropolitan Police’s National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit has submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) containing evidence of suspected money laundering activities of the Muttahida… MQM February 8, 2016 Altaf Hussain can look forward to 2017 with a smile on his face — in spite of major splits in the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and notwithstanding his ill-judged August 2016 speech. As the long-running police investiga… The MQM and Indian Funding June 25, 2015 The BBC has learnt that senior officials of one of Pakistan’s biggest political parties, the MQM, told UK authorities in formal recorded interviews that the party was receiving funding from the Indian government. The MQM in London April 24, 2015 BBC REPORT ON ALTAF HUSSAIN & MQM The MQM July 29, 2013 Altaf Hussain lives in London but leads Pakistan’s powerful, controversial MQM party, which has millions of supporters. He has also been acccused of inciting murder and violence in his home country. The MQM April 7, 2012 The People’s Mujahedin of Iran – terrorists, victims or Iranian government-in-waiting? Other The future of the BBC December 20, 2018 Depending on how one defines the BBC’s purpose, its licence fee income of £3.8 billion is either too much or not enough. In a world dominated by Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google, it’s ever harder for the BBC t… Gerry Adams November 16, 2017 Historians of Northern Ireland have plenty of material to work with. A book called Lost Lives (2001) records the lives and deaths of each of the 3720 people who were killed during the Troubles. Fighters, activists, offic… North Waziristan March 8, 2017 For over a decade the inaccessible and mountainous tribal area of North Waziristan was home to a swirling array of violent jihadists. The Pakistan and Afghan Taliban movements, al-Qaeda and less well-known militant outfi… Silk letter plot December 8, 2016 A CENTURY ago, in British-ruled Multan, the Punjab authorities detained a messenger by the name of Abdul Haq. He had travelled from Kabul with three yellow silk letters sewn into the lining of his coat. Military and the clerics March 3, 2016 On 4 October 1954 Pakistan’s army chief General Ayub Khan passed the hours of a sleepless night at the Dorchester Hotel in London writing ‘A Short Appreciation of Present and Future Problems of Pakistan’. It ran to 2500… The man who negotiated peace in Northern Ireland January 22, 2015 There is a sentence in Jonathan Powell’s Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts that raises intriguing questions about how the Northern Ireland peace process got underway.＊ ‘Martin McGuinness,’ Powell writes,… The efficacy of violence December 19, 2013 As they fled Afghanistan after 9/11 some of bin Laden’s followers wondered whether the attacks on the US had been a mistake. Among them was one of al-Qaida’s most acerbic writers, Abu Musab al-Suri. In public he backed b… The murder of Benazir Bhutto December 6, 2012 In her posthumously published book, Reconciliation, Benazir Bhutto named a man who she believed had tried to procure bombs for an unsuccessful attempt on her life in Karachi in October 2007. Blasphemy and the Governor of Punjab November 11, 2012 A documentary-drama set in Pakistan about the assassination of the Governor of Punjab over his stance on the blasphemy laws.