Hari confesses to having quite a stash of books on terrorism himself (not totally unrelated to the fact, I suppose, that he was researching a novel on the topic, My Revolutions).
On Samima Malik's case he says:
I have no idea whether Malik was giving material support to terrorists, or intending to become a suicide bomber. It certainly seems reasonable that she came to the attention of the authorities. However, we're now in the grip of our own terrorist panic, and rationality seems to be ebbing away. We seem to have accepted the principle that it should be illegal to think, read and write certain things. Incitement to violence is rightly criminalised, but what about imagining violence? It's hard not to link Malik's poems to other trends - the push for ever-widening hate speech laws, the calls for writers like Monica Ali to be "careful" about how they represent the world. We are being taught to be circumspect. How long before it's suggested we should shut up altogether?There's a lot happening in Britain that deeply worries me ... and it doesn't have to do with terrorism.