Shakeel Ahmad Bhat

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Shakeel Ahmad Bhat
Bornc. 1978
OccupationIslamic activist
Known forMuslim Rage Boy internet meme

Shakeel Ahmad Bhat (Kashmiri: शकील अहमद भट (Devanagari, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat), شکیل احمد بھٹ (Nastaleeq)) (born around 1978) is a Kashmiri activist.[1] He has been in photographs on the front pages of many newspapers and has become a cult figure on the Internet. He has been featured in newspapers such as the Times of India,[2] Middle East Times,[3] France 24,[4] and The Sunday Mail[5][6][7][8] He has been nicknamed Islamic Rage Boy by several bloggers.[9]


He was born into a Sufi family in Kashmir, India. He claims that, around 1990, during a raid on his home, Indian police allegedly threw his sister Shareefa out of an upstairs window; she apparently broke her spine and died from her injuries four years later.[1]

He lives in Kashmir, India, where he is often seen participating in demonstrations. Due to his angry look, he is often photographed by journalists. He took part in protests against the Indian Army, Israel, Pope Benedict, Salman Rushdie, and the Muhammed cartoons.[2] He was captured and spent three years in prison.[1] He claims that he has been detained almost 300 times since 1997.[1]

As icon[edit]

He was featured in numerous blogs and articles by Christopher Hitchens,[10] Robert Spencer,[11] Kathleen Parker,[12] Michelle Malkin,[13] and others. On various blogs, he was photoshopped as Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler or as an opera singer.[14][15] His picture has also been printed on T-shirts, posters, mouse-pads, and beer mugs.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b c d e APF: "Muslim 'Rage Boy' says he's really angry" Archived 2013-06-15 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Rajghatta, Chidanand (Jul 1, 2007). "Kashmir's 'Rage Boy' invites humour, mirth". Indiatimes. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  3. ^ Wani, Izhar (July 5, 2007). "Muslim 'Rage Boy' says he is really angry". Middle East News. SRINAGAR, India. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  4. ^ France 24 Archived January 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Patrick French (27 January 2011). India: A Portrait. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 464–. ISBN 978-0-14-194700-6.
  6. ^ Stuart Croft (9 February 2012). Securitizing Islam: Identity and the Search for Security. Cambridge University Press. p. 216. ISBN 978-1-107-02046-7.
  7. ^ Vali Nasr (15 September 2009). Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the New Hindu Middle Class and What It Will Mean for Our World. Free Press. pp. 256–. ISBN 978-1-4165-9194-8.
  8. ^ "All the rage - victim of US bloggers' cartoon hits back". The Guardian. 23 July 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  9. ^ Rajghatta, Chidanand (1 July 2007). "Kashmir's 'Rage Boy' invites humour, mirth". Times of India. India. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  10. ^ Christopher Hitchens (June 25, 2007). "Let's stop channeling angry Muslims". Slate Magazine.
  11. ^ Islamic Rage Boy: No, really, I am angry - and I do it all for Allah and Muhammad Archived 2014-10-29 at the Wayback Machine Jihad Watch
  12. ^ Parker, Kathleen (June 29, 2007). "Rage Boy vs. Civilization". RealClearPolitics. Washington. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  13. ^ Malkin, Michelle (June 29, 2007). "Laughing at Islamic Rage Boy". Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  14. ^ Ledbetter, Brian C. (June 22, 2007). "Islamic Rage Boy Parody Roundup". Snapped Shot. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  15. ^ lumberjack (June 29, 2007). "Rage Boy". Are We Lumberjacks?. Blogger. Retrieved 6 November 2010.

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