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

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

by Ed Husain

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Overview

The true story of one man's journey to Islamic fundamentalism and back

Raised in a devout but quiet Muslim community in London, at sixteen Ed Husain was presented with an intriguing political interpretation of Islam known as fundamentalism. Lured by these ideas, he committed his life to them. Five years later, he rejected extremism and tried to return to a normal life. But soon he realized that Islamic fundamentalists pose a threat that most people-Muslim and non- Muslim alike-simply don't understand.

Based on first-hand experiences and written with pervasive clarity, The Islamist delivers a rare inside glimpse of the devious methods used to recruit new members, and offers profound insight into the appeal fundamentalism has for young Muslims in the Western world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143115984
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ed Husain is the author of the bestselling book The Islamist. Husain writes and speaks extensively on global threats from terrorism. He has made appearances on CNN, Fox, NPR, and more. He writes regularly for the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian. In 2008, Husain founded Quilliam, the world's first counter-extremism think tank. He has advised policy makers and government leaders all around the globe. Husain a senior advisor for The Centre on Religion & Geopolitics.

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" This captivating and terrifyingly honest book is . . . a wake-up call."
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"Persuasive and stimulating."
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