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The Islamist: Why I joined radical Islam in Britain, what I saw inside and why I left Paperback – 3 May 2007
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A persuasive and stimulating book. -- Martin Amis
All who glibly generalise about the no-man's-land between terrorism and multiculturalism should read this articulate and impassioned book. -- Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times
Captivating, and terrifyingly honest ... a wake-up call to
monocultural Britain, it takes you into the mind of young fundamentalists,
exposing places in which the old notion of being British is defunct.
Husain's account is not sensationalist, tending more to
understatement than to hyperbole ... A complete eye-opener. -- David Aaronovitch, The Times
Insightful and gripping -- Sunday Times
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. Writing candidly about life after extremism, I illustrate the depth of the problem that now grips Muslim hearts and minds. 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.See all Product description
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Well I now understand through the words and explanations of Ed Husain that young men (many well educated) are being radicalised their emotions fuelled by very the clever use manipulation, skewed interpretation of a holy book the Koran and mixing it with the complexities of world politics to create a cult that is more deadly than anything I have heard of in the last 50 years.
There were parts of the book that really made me feel very warm and spiritual - expressed so well by Ed Husain he showed that Islam as a religion was truly a beautiful faith with references to holy devout men speaking of peace and love that is rejected by the radicals as blasphemous. He recognised the danger of the Islamists and the people who were now being accepted as representatives of Islam in the world media.
A fantastic book, it is the first book I have read this year that I could not put down! I now understand and see the practices of the Islamists - I am better informed.
Such an insight into one of the most misunderstood political parties. Although it didn't do much to remove the stigma attached to 'Islamism' and the so called 'Islamists', as when you add 'ist' or 'ism' to a word it means 'pro', so an 'Islamist' is in actual fact a Muslim Pro; nothing wrong with that if the person is actually practicing Islam as it is supposed to be practiced :) I would still reccomend this to those who choose to develop thier design of a concept with an empty canvas.
His journey seems to be one of someone who goes from extremism all the way back and beyond mainstream Islam to a totally secular outlook. The extremists we see in the world tend to be those who have been secualr/westernised and have lurched back to the extreme of hating where they came from and everything in between. The same is true of this guy it seems but in the other direction.
Like many people who go on about extremists and moderates and liberals, he fails to describe what he sees as moderates and liberals.
I would recommemd this book as one part of required reading for anyone wishing to learn about Islam as it is seen by some parts in the West, but do not take it as definitive. The trouble is there aren't any books giving an insight into the normal lives of Muslims who follows classical Islamic teachings in the West.
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