‘We Love Death As You Love Life’
Fig. 1. ‘We Love Death As You Love Life’. Courtesy of Hurst, 2015.

Hurst published a book called "‘We Love Death As You Love Life’: Britain's Suburban Terrorists" written by Raffaello Pantucci.

Publication Data

Pantucci, Raffaello. ‘We Love Death As You Love Life’: Britain's Suburban Terrorists. Hurst, 2015. ISBN: 9781849041652.


As Mohammed Siddique Khan led his group of fellow believers into London on the morning of 7 July 2005 it is unlikely that they were thinking much beyond the immediate impact of their actions. Driven by anger at the West’s treatment of Muslims worldwide, ideas fed to them by foreign extremists, and a rejection of the society in which they were born, they sought to reshape the world in an image they thought would be pleasing to God. But while they felt they were on a holy mission — as enunciated in Khan’s chilling video message, ‘We Love Death As You Love Life’ — a far more earthly arc of history underlay their actions.

This book offers an insight into the motivations behind Khan and his group, as well as the hundreds of young British Muslims who have been drawn by jihadist ideas to fight on battlefields at home and abroad. From the arrival of immigrant communities to the UK and the establishment of diasporas with strong ethnic connections to the Middle East and South Asia, to the arrival of jihadist warriors fresh from the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan, Pantucci looks at the history that came before Mohammed Siddique Khan and places his action within its larger context. This book provides the first comprehensive history of jihadist ideas and violence in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Jihad UK
1. From Arabia to South Asia: Migration
– South Asian Migration
– Chain Migration
– Arab Migration
– Arab Terrorism Comes to the UK
– South Asian Politics and Islam Come to the UK
– Kashmir
– Jihad Comes to London
2. Alienation and the Suburban Mujahedeen
– Bradford
– Beyond Bradford
– Building Their Own Structures
– Orphans of Islam
3. Early Expressions: From the Rushdie Affair to Jihad in Bosnia
– The Rushdie Affair
– The Muslim Parliament
– Hizb ut-Tahrir and Omar Bakri Mohammed
– Bosnia
– The Impact of Bosnia
– Abu Hamza al-Masri and Supporters of Shariah
– Fin de siècle
– Molten Lava
4. 9/11 and the Londonistan Links
– Training
– Abu Qatada
– Abdullah el-Faisal
– The wit and wisdom of Abdullah el-Faisal
– Shoe Bomber
– Finsbury Park
– The Algerian Connection
– Afghanistan
– Iraq
5. 7/7 and the Near Misses
– Operation Crevice
– Tel Aviv bombers
– Operation Rhyme
– Azzam.com
– 7 July 2005
– Fellow Travellers
– The East London connection
– Finsbury Park and 21 July 2005
– Operation Overt
– The crest of the first wave of British jihad
6. The Next Generation of British Jihad
– Iraq Comes Home
– AfPak persists
– Somalia
– Internet
– Lone Wolves
7. Conclusions
– Anwar al Awlaki
– Today

About the Author

Raffaello Pantucci is Director, International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI). He has worked on questions around terrorism and radicalisation in London and Washington, and has been published widely in both the media and the academic and specialist press.

To order the book online visit the Hurst website.