Homerton grad disappears after husband joins ISIS

Colm Murphy 29 October 2014

A Cambridge graduate has disappeared after her husband allegedly fled to Syria in order to join ISIS.

Iimaan Ismail, 22, graduated from Homerton College with a 2:1 in Politics, Psychology and Sociology (PPS) in 2013. She then became an English teacher at Chorlton High School in Manchester.

She was arrested after her husband, Nur Hassan, allegedly left to join ISIS. She was released, but has subsequently disappeared. Police sources have described Ismail as having a “wilful blindness” over her husband’s extremism.

While at Cambridge, she was head of the Access Committee for Cambridge University Islamic Society and later became Vice-President of the society.

When asked for comment, the Cambridge University Islamic Society told The Cambridge Student: "Iimaan Ismail was an active member of Cambridge University Islamic Society when she was an undergraduate here. Members who knew her are concerned for her wellbeing but have no further information on her current whereabouts."

In 2011, Ismail wrote a Tab article criticising the university's access record.

Louis Degenhardt, another Cambridge Politics student who went to sixth form with Ismail, told Varsity: "I think a lot of people will struggle to believe this. Imaan was extremely friendly and popular at college."

This week it was reported that a Manchester-based teacher, Jamshed Javeed, had intended to travel with Hassan to Syria, but his family had confiscated his passport. If Ismail's husband attempts to return to England, he will be extradited to his native Finland.

Updated 30/10/14 at 18:58