'It’s not really about religion, but power’: Ibrahim Halawa on Isis

Ibrahim Halawa's imprisonment in Egypt left him with a number of important observations about how the people around him in prison became ‘radicalised’

21st July, 2019
'It’s not really about religion, but power’: Ibrahim Halawa on Isis
Ibrahim Halawa

My case is not like Lisa Smith’s case at all. Obviously, she made the blunt decision to go and join Islamic State, whereas I was wrongly imprisoned – but during my time in an Egyptian jail I came in contact with a lot of the same type of people responsible for recruiting Lisa.

In Egypt, I saw that people really wanted one thing, and that one thing was freedom. They had hope that...

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