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The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Leftby Ed Husain
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When I was sixteen I became an Islamic fundamentalist. Five years later, after much emotional turmoil, I rejected fundamentalist teachings and returned to normal life and my family. I tried to put my experiences behind me, but as the events of 7/7 unfolded it became clear to me that Islamist groups pose a threat to this country that we Â— Muslims and non-Muslims alike Â— do not yet understand.
This is the first time an ex-member openly discusses life within radical Islamic organisations. This is my story.
Back when the book was launched in the UK, news of the publicity storm The Islamist made even the front page of the International Herald Tribune:
Â‘The IslamistÂ…has caused a ruckus in the newspapers, on television, on talk shows and in blogs‛
The Islamist has received wide and various acclaim from both the political right and left; film rights are being sought and there is still a great buzz around this important and timely book.
Why are young British Muslims becoming extremists? What are the risks of another home-grown terrorist attack on British soil? By describing his experiences inside these groups, the reasons he joined them and how, after leaving, he recovered his faith and mind, Husein - a former Islamic fundamentalist - hopes to explain the appeal of extremist thought, how fanatics penetrate Muslim communities and the truth behind their agenda of subverting the West and moderate Islam. Writing candidly about life after extremism, he illustrates the depth of the problem that now grips Muslim hearts and minds. He lays bare what politicians and Muslim 'community leaders' do not want you to know. For the first time, an ex-member openly discusses life within radical Islamic organisations.
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