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Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening by [Nawaz, Maajid]
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"This is a book for our times. It should be read by anyone who wants to understand how the extremism that stalks our world is created and how it can be overcome. It could only be written by someone who has lived this story. And Maajid has" (Tony Blair)

"This book is more powerful than America's drone attacks because it helps kill the ideas that inspire terrorists. Ultimately, it is by defeating the extremists' worldview that we will make our world safer. Maajid's compelling story from hatred to hope shows us how this can be done" (Ed Husain, author of The Islamist)

"Maajid Nawaz was thirty years my junior when I first encountered him in the Torah Prison. His story saddened but inspired me. His innocence and idealism sharply contrasted with the corruption and despotism of his captors. Through Maajid my faith was renewed that a spring of freedom was bound to happen eventually, and so it did" (Dr Saad El-Dine Ibrahim, Egyptian liberal reform pioneer and former political prisoner)

"This book is the account of a redemptive journey – through innocence, bigotry, hardline radicalism and beyond – to a passionate advocacy of human rights and all that this can mean ... I was moved beyond measure" (Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK)

"Imagine Homeland crossed with Skins, and you will get some idea of what a gripping, revelatory book this is. Unputdownable" (Tom Holland)

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An insider’s story of radical Islamism in Britain

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2336 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NG95SC
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A must-read for anyone wanting to understand the rise of Islamist extremism, the soil from which violent jihadism can grow. A compelling memoir by an insider with the honesty to confess the calculating energy with which he spread Islamism ( partly inspired by Omar Bakri and even at one point legally supported by the now reviled Anjem Choudary), and the courage to turn his back on and challenge that very ideology. Nawaz admits he was ‘never one to do anything by halves.’ ‘Radical’ is therefore the perfect title for a story that gets to the root of how he became an extremist, and later began to discover a more authentic, intellectually and morally honest set of values to live by.

I was chilled by his account of how he worked with almost military precision to radicalise university students, laughing behind the backs of liberal authorities that stood by passively, thinking they were only encouraging multiculturalism. In the very pacy narrative of this middle section, Nawaz captures the thrill of power and self-importance he felt at so energetically spreading his poisonous HT ideology. I felt sickened to discover that his messianic fervour had propelled him as far as Pakistan, where he tried to persuade the Taliban that his country of origin (and mine) was ‘kufr’, or unislamic –but was so extreme even the Taliban ‘politely refused to co-operate with HT’. Some reviewers have said that Nawaz puts himself at the centre of events and takes too much ‘credit’ for the success of HT. Well, that’s natural in a personal memoir; to me that part felt more like a man magnifying his guilt and wanting desperately to atone for the damage he had done.
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Don't pay any attention to the number of fake reviews written about this item.

The topic is controversial in some communities and Mr Nawaz's stance has made him the enemy of people who fail to see reason and are blinded by their prejudices. They have taken to criticising a book which they have clearly not read because they wrongly believe that anything who offers a balanced critique of extremism is an attack on their religion.

This is a fantastic book that tells it how it is. A must read for all.
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This is a formidable book, commanding deep respect. It tells the autobiographical story of the author, once a member of the extremist Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT) who has turned his entire life around and is now an advocate for democracy and human rights around the world. If that, in itself, doesn't make you want to read it (which it should), the book is also very well written, with the pace of a thriller. Be in no doubt, this is not an easy read in places. Maajid Nawaz spares nothing in his description of what it was like being tortured in an Egyptian prison; even the horrors closer to home as he relates his early teenage years make for a harrowing read. But what marks this book out is its pervading sense of optimism. Maajid demonstrates that it is possible to change, that even someone who has been radicalised can come back. And Maajid doesn't just come back, he has since co-founded the Quilliam Foundation (the world's first counter-extremism group) whose work focuses on helping to de-radicalise Islamists in the UK and beyond. He was also responsible for helping Tommy Robinson leave the English Defence League (EDL) and he continues to this day in championing freedom, democracy and human rights. A truly inspirational figure, this book leaves you with a sense of hope; that in spite of all that is wrong in the world, change is possible.

(As a side note, you may notice that the book has received several very negative reviews on Amazon. These reviews were part of a concerted effort by his former colleagues in HT to discredit Maajid. Ignore them: this book is phenomenal and deserves your attention.)
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I could not put the book down once I started reading. Just had to know what would happen to him next. Here was a young angry unhappy lad, who found he could find release with `hip hop' music & be tough. One has to read the book to see how it all escalates into him joining an extreme Islamist group which finally leads him ending up five years in a brutal Egyptian jail. It is the most dangerous time especially for school kids & students to be brainwashed with all the wrong information so I admire Maajid for seeking to now rectify all this.
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This is a great book. As an atheist, I am opposed to all organised religion which dictates to others what they should or should not do, however it is clear that religion won't simply disappear and for that reason a man like Maajid, who can counter Islamist teaching with a sound, informed alternative is essential. This is a great read, written by an intelligent and honest man who should be applauded for the vital work he is doing which will ultimately make the world a safer place. And a happier one.
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Haven't actually read it but the bimodal distribution of comments seems odd, especially with 17 of the one star reviews being posted on three consecutive days. Author seems to talk sense on radio or TV (I forget which).
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