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A disturbing Read,
This review is from: The Islamist: Why I joined radical Islam in Britain, what I saw inside and why I left (Paperback)
A truly outstanding book that works on so many levels, a personal journey, a review of contemporary Islamic life in Britain, a historical reference, an assessment of Islamic politics and many more. Husain's personal journey into extreme Islamic politics is quite frightening simply because it seemed so rapid and easy and also that extremist politics does seem to dominate the thinking of the young Muslims that he mixes with. If the type of thinking that he describes is half as dominant as this book seems to suggest then as a country we have a lot to worry about and more horrors like the attacks on London in 2005 are inevitable.
Having said that, I left this book with a new respect for the type of Islam that Husain eventually came to and indeed a respect for the picture of The Prophet that he paints. Stripped of the political manoeuvrings he shows Islam can be a compassionate and caring faith and one that has so much good in it that make the recent behaviours done it it's name all the more distasteful.
This book has given me more to think about than anything else I have read in the last couple of years.