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Radical: My Journey Out Of Islamist Extremism Hardcover – October 15, 2013
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“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
"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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A book part biography and very much a wake up call to those who have no understanding of Islam or Islamism.
Read the book you will find in its pages hope.
Maajid is able to go beyond and write the insight so many westerners crave THE WHY?
In a well written book you may even find yourself amongst the pages.
This book is excellent. It's honest, eye-opening, clarifying and unflinching in its portrayal of problems relating to global Islamism and Jihad. Nawaz makes clear the differences between Islam, Islamism and Jihad, and I appreciate that he had the courage to tell his story.
Quilliam is a much-needed light of reinterpretation and reform from within Islam—insomuch as Islam informs and inspires Islamism and Jihad. His strategy of reinterpretation (of the Koran) dives right into the trenches with those attempting to live by the meaning of the Koran whilst steering them gently toward progressive reform. After all, simply killing-off individual cells doesn't cure the cancer where it lives. It's not just an insurmountable task, but one that likely comes at no small risk. For that, it's 5 stars from me.
I'm glad Maajid made it through that ordeal alive and I hope he continues his work whilst inspiring others to do the same.
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It gives a great insight into the motivations of Jihadists and how people even in today's world can become radicalized, and more importantly, the steps that can be taken to reverse that.