My Year Inside Radical Islam: A Memoir

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Penguin, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 289 pages
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My Year Inside Radical Islam is a memoir of first a spiritual and then a political seduction. Raised in liberal Ashland, Oregon, by parents who were Jewish by birth but dismissive of strict dogma, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross converted to Islam in college-a process that began with a desire to connect with both a religious community and a spiritual practice, and eventually led him to sympathize with the most extreme interpretations of the faith with the most radical political implications.

In the year following graduation, Gartenstein-Ross went to work for the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, a charity dedicated to fostering Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia's austere form of Islam-a theological inspiration for many terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda. Shortly after he left Al Haramain-when his own fanaticism had waned-the foundation was charged by the U.S. government for a money-laundering scheme that was seemingly designed to finance terrorist organizations.

Gartenstein-Ross, by this time a lawyer at a prominent firm, volunteered for questioning by the FBI. They already knew who he was.

The story of how a good faith can be distorted and a decent soul can be seduced away from his principles, My Year Inside Radical Islam provides a rare glimpse into the personal interface between religion and politics.

 

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This might be the most poorly written book every published. The writer is a stupid, gullible wishy-washy moron, as is his family and his wife. The book is filled with "Little did I know what would ... Read full review

My Year Inside Radical Islam: A Memoir

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Gartenstein-Ross, born Jewish and raised in an eclectically spiritual family, converted to Islam as a college student because he was attracted to its emphasis on social justice. Following graduation ... Read full review

Contents

SEARCHING FOR GOD AMONG THE HIPPIES
1
CAMPUS RADICAL
27
A FROWN AND AN AK47
57
DOGS BARKING
65
WHATS SHAKING SHAKEY?
93
HAWK
111
SALAFI
131
MAN BITES DOG
151
THE JEWS PLAN TO RUIN EVERYTHING
173
NEW YORK NEW YORK
191
RESURRECTION
215
A QUIET NORMAL LIFE
231
INFORMANT
257
REUNION
267
FRIENDS AND FUGITIVES
277
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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a counterterrorism consultant. He is frequently asked to give recommendations to law enforcement and senior federal officials, and his articles on terrorism, religious extremism, and the law have appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Weekly Standard, The Dallas Morning News, Commentary, The New York Sun, and The Washington Times.

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