The Deobandis

Ep 1/2

Tuesday 5 April



One Islamic movement runs over 40 percent of UK mosques and a network of seminaries. The Deobandis are virtually unknown to most British people yet their influence is huge. This programme explores who they are and what they believe.

Founded in 19th century India, the Deobandi movement is large and diverse - from the quietest and strictly non-violent missionary group, the Tablighi Jamaat, to the armed sectarian and jihadist groups of Pakistan. The BBC's former Pakistan correspondent, Owen Bennett-Jones, investigates which strands of Deobandi opinion have influence here in the UK.

Presenter/Owen Bennett-Jones, Producers/Richard Fenton-Smith and Sajid Iqbal for the BBC

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