Undercover Muslim: A Journey Into Yemen

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Bodley Head, 2011 - Islam - 293 pages
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In Undercover Muslim, Theo Padnos brilliantly evokes a landscape and journey that few Westerners have experienced. He investigates the radicalisation of disaffected young men as they move, almost unnoticed, from London, Berlin or Paris to their new spiritual home in Yemen. Padnos' journey takes him from the newsroom of a Yemeni newspaper to the prayer rows and lecture rooms of Yemen's madrassas, from covert Jeep rides into the sacred mountains to a stint in an overcrowded prison. It is through these events, and through the people he encounters, that Padnos shows us how a terrifying gulf has opened between Islam and the West. 'Undercover Muslim' tells the remarkable story of how a Westerner ventured into the heart of radical Islam in the Yemen.

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Excellent study by a writer passionate about the Arab world.

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About the author (2011)

Theo Padnos is the author of My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun: Adolescents at the Apocalypse: A Teacher s Notes. He taught short stories and poems to teenaged prisoners in America before traveling to Yemen to study Islam in 2005. He has written for a number of publications including the London Review of Books. He lives in the United Kingdom.

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