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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 yearned for a religion that would suit all his ideals. At college in the late nineties he met a charismatic Muslim student who grounded his political activism with thoughtful religious conviction. Gartenstein-Ross reflects on his experience of converting to Islam — 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 fan-aticism had waned — the foundation was charged by the U.S. government as being a source of funds for terrorist organizations. Gartenstein-Ross, by this time a lawyer at a prominent firm, volunteered to be questioned 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 its principles, My Year Inside Radical Islam provides a rare glimpse into the personal interface between religion and politics.

Review:

"This straightforward memoir...reveals a kind of spiritual seeker who can be attracted to the clarity of a fundamentalist faith and who can sometimes be led from there to violence if isolated from other views....A clearly written personal story on a timely subject, this will be of interest to many general readers." Library Journal

Review:

"For readers trying to understand Muslims on both sides of the radical-moderate divide, Gartenstein-Ross' story will be an eye-opener." Booklist

Review:

"As he goes to work for the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Wahhabi charity later charged with funding terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, Gartenstein-Ross is schooled in a piety that sometimes clashes with the quirks and inconsistencies of his fellows." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"There is an uncomfortable convenience to the author's many metamorphoses that may disturb the reader. We never really fully grasp how Daveed was able to surrender so quickly into the darkness of extreme radicalism, or how he was able to emerge from it." Denver Post

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Raised by parents who were Jewish by birth but dismissive of strict dogma, the author reveals his experience of converting to Islam and recounts a story of how a good faith can be distorted and a decent soul can be seduced away from its principles.

About the Author

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, who has worked as a clerk on the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals and as a litigator at a major New York law firm, is now a full-time counterterrorism consultant. Currently involved in several terrorist investigations, Gartenstein-Ross is frequently asked to give recommendations to law enforcement and senior federal officials. He often writes about terrorism, religious extremism, and the law. His articles 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585425518
Subtitle:
A Memoir
Author:
Gartenstein-Ross, Daveed
Publisher:
Tarcher
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Islam and politics
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20070201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.52x5.81x1.00 in. .89 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Jeremy P. Tarcher - English 9781585425518 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This straightforward memoir...reveals a kind of spiritual seeker who can be attracted to the clarity of a fundamentalist faith and who can sometimes be led from there to violence if isolated from other views....A clearly written personal story on a timely subject, this will be of interest to many general readers."
"Review" by , "For readers trying to understand Muslims on both sides of the radical-moderate divide, Gartenstein-Ross' story will be an eye-opener."
"Review" by , "As he goes to work for the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Wahhabi charity later charged with funding terrorist organizations such as al-Qaeda, Gartenstein-Ross is schooled in a piety that sometimes clashes with the quirks and inconsistencies of his fellows."
"Review" by , "There is an uncomfortable convenience to the author's many metamorphoses that may disturb the reader. We never really fully grasp how Daveed was able to surrender so quickly into the darkness of extreme radicalism, or how he was able to emerge from it."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

"Synopsis" by , Raised by parents who were Jewish by birth but dismissive of strict dogma, the author reveals his experience of converting to Islam and recounts a story of how a good faith can be distorted and a decent soul can be seduced away from its principles.
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