Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism

Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism

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Maajid Nawaz spent his teenage years listening to American hip-hop and learning about the radical Islamist movement spreading throughout Europe and Asia in the 1980s and 90s. At 16, he was already a ranking member in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a London-based Islamist group. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a top recruiter, a charismatic spokesman for the cause of uniting Islam's political power across the world. Nawaz was setting up satellite groups in Pakistan, Denmark, and Egypt when he was rounded up in the aftermath of 9/11 along with many other radical Muslims. He was sent to an Egyptian prison where he was, fortuitously, jailed along with the assassins of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The 20 years in prison had changed the assassins' views on Islam and violence; Maajid went into prison preaching to them about the Islamist cause, but the lessons ended up going the other way. He came out of prison four years later completely changed, convinced that his entire belief system had been wrong, and determined to do something about it. He met with activists and heads of state, built a network, and started a foundation, Quilliam, funded by the British government, to combat the rising Islamist tide in Europe and elsewhere, using his intimate knowledge of recruitment tactics in order to reverse extremism and persuade Muslims that the 'narrative' used to recruit them (that the West is evil and the cause of all of Muslim suffering), is false. Radical, first published in the UK, is a fascinating and important look into one man's journey out of extremism and into something else entirely.This U.S. edition contains a "Preface for US readers" and a new, updated epilogue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493000616
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 372,714
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Maajid Nawaz is the co-founder of Quilliam. He holds a BA in Arabic and Law and an MSc in Political Theory. Maajid has addressed the U.S. Senate, been interviewed by 60 Minutes and the New York Times, and has written for The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

On the Paris Attacks of November 13, 2015 xvii

Preface to the US Edition xix

Foreword Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK xxix

Part 1 B-Boy

1 Memories of the Ghost Train 3

2 This Game's Not for Palds 13

3 The Doctor Who Said "Fuck tha Police" 19

5 The Stranger Stabbed for Me 27

5 The Green Backpack with No Bomb 37

6 When Babri Mosque Fell in India 45

7 A Land Where Fetuses Are Cut from Wombs 55

Part 2 Islamist

8 An Islamist Takeover 65

9 12,000 Muslims Screaming "Khilafah" 69

10 Servant of the Compeller 75

11 The Womb That Bore Me 81

12 A Show of Hands to Harden the Heart 87

13 The Romanticism of Struggle 91

14 Dreams of a Nuclear Caliphate 97

15 Caliphs in Copenhagen 107

16 The Polemic 113

17 Welcome to Egypt: We Do As We Please 127

18 The Ghimarnah Has No Rules 135

19 Number Forty-Two 145

20 Assalaamu Alaykum, You've Just Come out of Hell 151

21 The Luxury of an Audience 157

22 The Penguin Is Hit by Slippers 163

23 "Monocracy" 171

Part 3 Radical

24 Where the Heart Leads, the Mind Can Follow 181

25 No Right to Silence 193

26 How Many Years Did You Fail? 199

27 Civil-Democratic Intimidation 209

28 The Decade-Late Apology 215

29 Monkeys in a Zoo 225

30 Visiting No. 10 231

31 Khudi Pakistan 235

32 I Will See Your Day When It Comes 243

Postscript 249

Epilogue: Ideas Are Bulletproof (2013) 257

Glossary of Arabic Terms 267

Resources 269

Acknowledgments 273

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Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful teaching tool for understanding Islam, extreme Islamism, and being a Muslim. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Impressive and informative. Explains the critical difference between Islam and Islamism. Do not mix politics and religion please, it will never work. This book taught me that and many more things. A must read for today.
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