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The Islamist: Why I joined radical Islam in Britain, what I saw inside and why I left
The Islamist: Why I joined radical Islam in Britain, what I saw inside and why I left
by Ed Husain
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

14 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Best used as toilet paper, 25 Sept. 2007
I have not read such a poorly written book in a very long time. Cheaply cashing in on the incresing islamaphobic climate, "Ed" writes a rambling rant against his time with Hizb ut-Tahrir, as an opportunist - nothing else. How much insight can a man who left the Hizb in the 1990's offer? Was his aim really to provide analysis, or was he merely jumping on the band wagon as soon as the Labour Govt mentioned banning the organisation?

I too attended many of the Hizb's lectures in the early 1990's in East London. I never heard calls to annihilate the West and hate all non-Muslims, as claimed by Ed. In fact, I attended many of their talks whilst I was a Christian looking into Islaam. Instead, the Hizb denounced the concept of democracy - which is rejected by Islaam. The Hizb, like many orthodox Christian groups, denounced pornography, illicit relationships, homosexuality etc - all of which are forbidden in Islaam - mainstream Islaam.

Perhaps Ed's book didn't pull enough punches and that is why he had to to lie and resort to cheap sensationalism by naming Dhiren Barot as the "Esa" named in his book, when he was in fact an entirely different person. Another lie was that Bomber Asif Hanif was linked to the Hizb.

In short, this book is not worth the paper it is written on.
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Enemy Combatant: A British Muslim's Journey to Guantanamo and Back
Enemy Combatant: A British Muslim's Journey to Guantanamo and Back
by Moazzam Begg
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only read one book this year - make it this one!, 30 Aug. 2006
Once I purchased Enemy Combatant, I couldn't put it down. Few books can claim to be written in a tone that alternates humour, seriousness, humility, self-reflection, moments of despair, and prevailing optimism.

Moazzam's account of his personal search takes the reader from the NF days in Birmingham, to war-torn Bosnia, to sinister Turkey (amateur spies abound!) and devastated Afghanistan.

As a convert to Islaam, I have been on "both sides of the fence". I feel that Enemy Combatant has the power to win hearts and minds, provoking dialogue to reach common ground. Above all, this book hammers home the point that the Guantanamo detainees, demonised by the press and abandoned by hypocitical leaders, are husbands, fathers and sons.


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