Rashad Zaman Ali is of Bangladeshi origins from Sheffield and works with the British Government countering the rise of Islam.
He encountered Hizb ut-Tahrir when a party member delivered a school assembly. Following this he read a tract of Hizb ut-Tahrir's economic system which deconstructed western economic theory of Adam Smith, Ricardo and Malthus through to Marx. He began studying with Hizb ut-Tahrir for 12 years before being expelled.
Rashad Ali has no significant academic background, having commenced a number of courses without having completed them.
He was originally involved in providing content for the controversial Quilliam Foundation, in particular Majid Nawaz's paper of 2007 addressing dar al-harb/dar al-Islam and flawed responses to the resulting barrage of critique.
His theology is radically reductionist in nature, believing revelation comprises of limited abstract ideas like justice, reason and liberal utilitarianism. Squaring this with traditional theology poses a significant challenge - one where Ali responds through questionable techniques of misinterpretation and misrepresentation of classical scholars and avoiding addressing the source texts used as proofs.
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