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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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. 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, the reasons I joined them and how, after leaving I recovered my faith and mind, 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. I will lay bare what politicians and Muslim 'community leaders' do not want you to know. This is the first time an ex-member openly discusses life within radical Islamic organisations. This is my story.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2007.
ISBN: 9780141030432
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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