The Islamist: Why I Became an Islamic Fundamentalist, What I Saw Inside, and Why I Left

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Penguin, Apr 28, 2009 - Social Science - 320 pages
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The true story of one man's journey to Islamic fundamentalism and back

Raised in a devout but quiet Muslim community in London, at sixteen Ed Husain was presented with an intriguing political interpretation of Islam known as fundamentalism. Lured by these ideas, he committed his life to them. Five years later, he rejected extremism and tried to return to a normal life. But soon he realized that Islamic fundamentalists pose a threat that most people-Muslim and non- Muslim alike-simply don't understand.

Based on first-hand experiences and written with pervasive clarity, The Islamist delivers a rare inside glimpse of the devious methods used to recruit new members, and offers profound insight into the appeal fundamentalism has for young Muslims in the Western world.

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User Review  - Marlene-NL - LibraryThing

on Sunday, July 27, 2008 I wrote about this book: Finished this book yesterday. it was definitely not an easy read, by far. Lots of Islam names and Islam groups. Wow they fight amongst themselves so ... Read full review

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User Review  - stephenmakin - LibraryThing

This is the story of how a young man becomes a Fundamentalist, and how he turns his back on Fundamentalism and goes back to normal life. It's written very much in the style of an slightly stilted autobiography, but it's a good read, and I read it an a fairly adsorbing sitting. Read full review


Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Preface
Made in England
Teenage Rebellion
The Ultimatum
Islam Is the Solution
We Will Rule the World
Inside Hizb utTahrir
Targeting Communities
Which Life?
The Road to Damascus
Where is Islam?
Return to England
What About America?

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Farewell Fanaticism

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