The Islamist

The Islamist

Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left

Book - 2007
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Ed Husain's The Islamist is the shocking inside story of British Islamic fundamentalism, told by a former radical. 'When I was sixteen I became an Islamic fundamentalist. Five years later, after much emotional turmoil, I rejected fundamentalist teachings and returned to normal life and my family. As I recovered my faith and mind, I tried to put my experiences behind me, but as the events of 7/7 unfolded it became clear to me that Islamist groups pose a threat to this country that we - Muslims and non-Muslims alike - do not yet understand.' 'Why are young British Muslims becoming extremists? What are the risks of another home-grown terrorist attack on British soil? By describing my experiences inside these groups and the reasons I joined them, I hope to explain the appeal of extremist thought, how fanatics penetrate Muslim communities and the truth behind their agenda of subverting the West and moderate Islam. Writing candidly about life after extremism, I illustrate the depth of the problem that now grips Muslim hearts and minds and lay bare what politicians and Muslim 'community leaders' do not want you to know.' 'A complete eye-opener' The Times 'Captivating, and terrifyingly honest' Observer 'Persuasive and stimulating' Martin Amis 'Read this articulate and impassioned book' Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times Ed Husain was an Islamist radical for five years in his late teens and early twenties. Having rejected extremism he travelled widely in the Middle East and worked for the British Council in Syria and Saudi Arabia. Husain received wide and various acclaim for The Islamist, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing and the PEN/Ackerley Prize for literary autobiography, amongst others.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780141030432
Branch Call Number: 320.5570941092 H968h
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 20 cm.


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A troubling memoir. Chapters 2-8, describing the author’s radicalization as a teen and young adult, provide more details than will interest some readers, but the final three chapters (13-15) are enthralling, particularly the descriptions of Saudi Arabia and its exportation of Islamist extremism to Britain and the rest of the world.

mariekirby Oct 01, 2011

Important read to understand the spread of political Islamism.

Feb 26, 2010

Very compelling read into the extremist life of Ed Husain. An incredible page turner and look into the torn identity of a British Muslim man.

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