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Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism by [Nawaz, Maajid]
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"Riveting" - Christian Science Monitor"Maajid Nawaz's Radical is fascinating, and essential if you want to understand in a visceral way why some young Muslims embrace extremist ideology. Nawaz went from being a hip-hop loving youngster to a radical Islamist before finally renouncing extremism. He now works to prevent others from choosing such a dangerous path and his is a voice I urge you to hear." - Anderson Cooper"A British Muslim reveals a harrowing tale of violence, imprisonment and torture...A lively and convincing antidote to hatred." - Kirkus Reviews"This is a book for our times. It should be read by anyone who wants to understand how the extremism that stalks our world is created and how it can be overcome. It could only be written by someone who has lived this story. And Maajid has." - Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair"Maajid Nawaz has an extraordinary personal story about his journey out of Islamist extremism which reads like a novel. It's a coming of age story for our post-9/11 world that is pacy, well written and thoughtful." - Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad "[Maajid] brings the insight of an insider to Radical – an absorbing story of the making and unmaking of a young, radicalized Muslim. The book is candid, dynamic, important…and brave." - Lesley Stahl, 60 Minutes"One of the essential books to understanding the path to radicalism...[it] will fill one with hope that others can find their way back as Maajid Nawaz relates so movingly." - Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of Newsweek and The Daily Beast "Everyone should read it" - Nicola Jeal, Saturday editor, The Times of London"This book is more powerful than America's drone attacks because it helps kill the ideas that inspire terrorists. Ultimately, it is by defeating the extremists' worldview that we will make our world safer. Maajid's compelling story from hatred to hope shows us how this can be done' --Ed Husain, author of The Islamist"This book is the account of a redemptive journey through innocence, bigotry, hardline radicalism and beyond to a passionate advocacy of human rights and all that this can mean ... I was moved beyond measure.' --Kate Allen, Director, Amnesty International UK"Imagine Homeland crossed with Skins, and you will get some idea of what a gripping, revelatory book this is. Unputdownable." - Tom Holland, author of In the Shadow of the Sword"One of the most compelling descriptions of radical and political immersion of recent times" - Mail on Sunday (UK)

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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, 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0762791365
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (Oct. 15 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MJD7CW0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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By Max Layton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 16 2016
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From confused B-boy in England to tortured Islamist in Egyptian prison to confident spokesman for Liberal Democracy worldwide, Maajid Nawaz is a gifted writer who describes his personal odyssey in fascinating detail. Along the way, Nawaz's thoughtful deconstruction of radical Islamism provides the reader with theoretical insight -- and practical basis for counterattack.
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Amazing personal story, well argued and thought-provoking analysis as well as history lesson that sets one on the path to read and research more on the topic and beyond. Great prose as well. Would highly recommend for helping to understand involvement in violence of any religious flavor and also many other kinds.
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This should be a mandatory read for all politicians, policy makers, and social science professors/students. Extraordinary intelligent first person insight into IslamISM.
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...are perfect counter balance to ruthless Islamists who think that a brutal force can win their lunatic ideas. Thanks, Naajid!
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A story that needed to be told; a perspective that needs to be understood. Malcolm X meets Nelson Mendela.
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