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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (14 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847920845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847920843
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Eloquent and interesting" (Victoria Clark The Times)

"His absorbing account of this Yemeni education offers a window on a closed world: one that importantly, notes the beauty to be found in Islam as much as the lunacy of some of its adherents" (Metro)

"A clear-sighted and subversive book about a country in the news" (Literary Review)

"This book succeeds, most notably in his depiction of the under-reported tragedy being played out in European and American cities where too few immigrants from this region have adapted well, and far too many children have failed to assimilate it all" (Sunday Times)

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The remarkable story of how a Westerner ventured into the heart of radical Islam in Yemen.

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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Edward J. Walker on 19 Sep 2011
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It was a gift and has beren received very well. The book arrived at the far end in good order. J Walker
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Yemen Islam 2011 27 Aug 2012
By William Garrison Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
(Partial comments from Richard Phelps in the Summer 2012 Middle East Quarterly): Padnos travelled to Yemen to learn Arabic, and after a stint working as a journalist, converted to Islam. He assumed an Arabic name, pursued Qur'anic study, and immersed himself among those who came to do the same...The author presents his conversion and adopted lifestyle as genuine, yet he repeatedly appears skeptical of the intellectual tunnel-vision he witnesses...Undercover Muslim is not a whistle blowing revelation of extremism or militancy. Instead, Padnos quotes one religious student as saying that "it's just a boring life here" while offering snapshots of a lifestyle distant from the book's readership. While the work contains some interesting moments of reflection, amusement, and tension, it fails to place the experiences in a framework that examines or illuminates larger issues.
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Interesting 5 April 2014
By Marcio - Published on Amazon.com
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It's an original way to have one idea about Islam and life in Yemen, even though I guess the autor lost himself in the second half of the book. Sudenly, the book finishes, and the history seems to be unfinished. If you like the subjects "Islam" and "Yemen", I guess it worths a try.
An experience few westerners have had, an analysis of a world we should know more about to understand an ideological gulf. 21 Nov 2014
By Georgia Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommend this book for Americans to understand the underclasses in the Muslim world, Yemen in particular. It is also an example of the lengths that our journalists go to try to explain other cultures for us here at home. Theo Padnos had the cover story in the Sunday NY Times Magazine November 1, 2014, his account of having fallen into a trap and been kidnapped in Syria. The magazine article was so dispassionately written that I was moved to get his book about his time in Yemen around 2005 - 2006. It too is told very coolly and in the telling is very moving.
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Four Stars 21 Sep 2014
By William H. Shelton - Published on Amazon.com
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