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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I read this book and followed the education of the author. How he became radicalized in England is no different than how seemingly ordinary Muslims world-wide get radicalized. It wasn't jobs ... Read full review

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Despite other reviews finding this book dry or difficult to follow, I found it a riveting read from start to finish. Yes you need to reread the odd phrase and definition a couple of times to ... 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?

Inferior Others
Farewell Fanaticism

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About the author (2009)

Ed Husain is the author of the bestselling book The Islamist. Husain writes and speaks extensively on global threats from terrorism. He has made appearances on CNN, Fox, NPR, and more. He writes regularly for the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian. In 2008, Husain founded Quilliam, the world's first counter-extremism think tank. He has advised policy makers and government leaders all around the globe. Husain a senior advisor for The Centre on Religion & Geopolitics.

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