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

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-28
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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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 a Muslims and non-Muslims alike a 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": a"The Islamist"a]has caused a ruckus in the newspapers, on television, on talk shows and in blogs.a "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.

Author Biography

Ed Husain was an Islamic fundamentalist for five years. He has since traveled widely in the Middle East and worked for the British Council in Syria and Saudi Arabia. He is a cofounder of the Quillium Foundation, Britain-'s first Muslim counter-extremism think tank.

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