The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left

Ed Husain s The Islamist is the shocking inside story of British Islamic fundamentalism, told by a former radical 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 As I recovered my faith and mind, I tried to put my experiences behind me, butEd Husain s The Islamist is the shocking inside story of British Islamic fundamentalism, told by a former radical 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 As I recovered my faith and mind, 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 Muslims and non Muslims alike do not yet understand Why are young British Muslims becoming extremists What are the risks of another home grown terrorist attack on British soil By describing my experiences inside these groups and the reasons I joined them, I hope to explain the appeal of extremist thought, how fanatics penetrate Muslim communities and the truth behind their agenda of subverting the West and moderate Islam Writing candidly about life after extremism, I illustrate the depth of the problem that now grips Muslim hearts and minds and lay bare what politicians and Muslim community leaders do not want you to know Ed Husain was an Islamist radical for five years in his late teens and early twenties Having rejected extremism he travelled widely in the Middle East and worked for the British Council in Syria and Saudi Arabia Husain received wide and various acclaim for The Islamist, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for political writing and the PEN Ackerley Prize for literary autobiography, amongst others.
The Islamist Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain What I Saw Inside and Why I Left Ed Husain s The Islamist is the shocking inside story of British Islamic fundamentalism told by a former radical When I was sixteen I became an Islamic fundamentalist Five years later after much emo

  • Title: The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left
  • Author: Ed Husain
  • ISBN: 9780141030432
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Islamist Why I Became an Islamic The Islamist Why I Became an Islamic Fundamentalist, What I Saw Inside, and Why I Left Ed Husain on FREE shipping on qualifying offers The true story of one man s journey to Islamic fundamentalism and back Raised in a devout but quiet Muslim community in London Islamism Islamism is a concept whose meaning has been debated in both public and academic contexts The term can refer to diverse forms of social and political activism advocating that public and political life should be guided by Islamic principles or specifically to movements which call for full implementation of sharia.It is commonly used interchangeably with the terms political Islam or Islamic terrorism Islamic terrorism, Islamist terrorism or radical Islamic terrorism is defined as any terrorist act, set of acts or campaign committed by groups or individuals who profess Islamic or Islamist motivations or goals Islamic terrorists justify their violent tactics through the interpretation of Quran and Hadith according to their own goals and intentions The motivation for Islamic terrorism in Resistance The Essence of the Islamist Revolution Resistance The Essence of the Islamist Revolution Alastair Crooke on FREE shipping on qualifying offers This book traces the essence of the Islamist Revolution from its origins in Egypt, through Najaf, Lebanon The root cause of Islamist terror MarkHumphrys The root cause of Islamist terror Since , a lot of nonsense has been talked about the root cause of Islamist terror The left has attempted to explain it as Islamist nightmare scenarios Mark Humphrys Islamist nightmare scenarios showed that Islamism, long a festering problem, may be a serious threat to the free societies of the world.Exactly how serious that threat is remains to be seen The communists killed million people and threatened the entire world with nuclear holocaust The fascists killed tens of millions, carried out large scale genocide and destroyed much of Europe. Germany Home to , Islamist Extremists, says Interior The German Interior Ministry has reported a significant rise in the number of Islamist extremists living in the country Officially classified as Salafists, or radicalized Muslims, their Islamist Terrorism From to the Rise of ISIS Islamist Terrorism From to the Death of Osama bin Laden Despite Islamic teachings against suicide and killing innocent people in battle, terrorist groups like Al Qaeda have used a fundamentalist form of Islam to justify an unholy war o Who are Nigeria s Boko Haram Islamist group BBC News The BBC looks at the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, which is fighting to overthrow the Nigerian government and create an Islamic state in parts of West Africa. Islamic State Files Show Structure of Islamist Terror The Terror Strategist Secret Files Reveal the Structure of Islamic State An Iraqi officer planned Islamic State s takeover in Syria and SPIEGEL has been given

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    1. British born, Bangladeshi family, lived in Mile End, East London; went to an all-Asian school, had no white friends. At school he gets in with Jamat-e-Islami and the Young Muslim Organisation. At this point he is 16/17 and a followed of Abdul Mawdudi. The main ideas at this point are that most of the world’s Muslims are only “partial Muslims” – they’re not taking Islam seriously. They’re keeping religion and politics completely separate but Islam is a total world view, and true Musli [...]

    2. This a must read for muslims to wake up to fanatics who are hijacking islam. A must read for non muslims to understand the turmoil within islam and that not all muslims are terrorists.

    3. Muslims who insist that the Hijab is a piece of clothing that protects a woman's modesty , do yourselves a big favor. Pick up this book and read it from cover to cover.Ed Hussein is a self-confessed former Islamist who has since reformed his ways - as how he described it. He grew up in London amongst peers and neighbors of the same religious denomination. The Islamist is a tale of how Islam has evolved within him from being subtly spiritual to being overtly political, and how he has managed to f [...]

    4. This is an excellent book for anyone confused about the rise of Islamism, or radical Islam. As we follow the journey taken by the author from moderate but uninvolved Muslim to Muslim anarchist to thoughtful Muslim in a post-9/11 world, we see some of the different threads of political and religious beliefs that have led to the various factions in the Arab world today. This is not an exhaustive study by any means, but it comes across as well-informed and heartfelt. The author, Ed Husain, is a Bri [...]

    5. I was wary of this one with its sensation and confessional title, but once I started it I kept reading until I finished it in a day. Set in England, Turkey, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, this is a fast-paced easy-to-read page turner, one that is probably a good place to start learning about Muslim terrorists. It turns out our protagonist and memoir-writer, Ed Husain (nee Muhammed Husain) was born into and raised in a Sufi family and as a boy took lessons from a Sufi master. Sufis are the meditative, [...]

    6. Don't waste your time on this book, i've never read something so simplistic in my life. Right from the start the author feels no need to explain *why* political islam (or a single one of their varied offshoot ideologies) is bad, but merely assumed the reader is already afraid of it and proceeded to back up these fears with a series of anecdotes of his teens. In case you put it down for a while and forget your fear, each chapter conveniently starts with a scary out-of-context quote by a famous Is [...]

    7. Part memoir and part debate on the causes and rise of radical Islam in Great Britain, Ed Husain’s The Islamist is revealed to be essential reading. His erudition and honesty form the backbone to this compelling and stimulating story of his involvement with Islamic fundamentalists in London mosques as a teenager to his complete indoctrination until one moment of violence leads to the unravelling of everything he thought he held dear. Had this just been the narrative of those events I doubt this [...]

    8. Very well written book indeed. Ed has done a very good job in sticking to the plot, as he goes through his very interesting journey across the British Islamic scene, in an Islamic lite version. I must admit, so much focus on Islam in Britain has always been a mystery for a first generation immigrant like me coming from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. His learning of Islamic values was largely done by different types of schools or rather organisations prevalent in the British culture which I en [...]

    9. This is a challenging and extremely important book. The author got swept up into a world of religious fundamentalism in the segregated streets of East London and was blindly stoking the fires of religious separatism and hatred until the reality of the Islamist agenda he was promoting was challenge in the death of an "outsider". The authors world was turned upside down as he began to challenge his own assumptions and those of the people he had been associating with. Finding his spiritual self emp [...]

    10. Ed is a young Muslim living in London. Ed tries different flavours of Islam, becomes a radical Islamist and later changes his mind. This book is Ed's memoir and it's 288 pages were written in 2007. This book is easy to understand as it is clear and well written. Although it is a memoir, your reading experience and enjoyment is the same as from reading a regular novel. This is a story of growing up, rebelling against your parents and society, plus finding your place in the world.Ed does not preac [...]

    11. There is a lot to say about this book. I read it for work as the author was supposed to visit us and speak to us about his work and the book. He had an emergency, so he could not make it, but the co-director of the organization that he runs, the Quilliam Foundation, was there and we had a fairly long discussion with him. Basically, the book is about a young Muslim teenager growing up in the UK who was tempted and lured into the "Islamist" movement there--first through the Jamaat Islami groups an [...]

    12. on Sunday, July 27, 2008 I wrote about this book:Finished this book yesterday was definitely not an easy read, by far. Lots of Islam names and Islam groups. Wow they fight amongst themselves so much, so much rivalry. I liked the beginning, the middle I did start to get a bit bored but I did not want to give up so I tried and kept reading. Glad I did cause it teached me a lot.How scary it is to know so many muslims are living next to us and think we are so far below them and that there are quite [...]

    13. For anyone wondering how a British born Muslim can become a radical fundamentalist - this is the story. Very insightful, but a little bit scary to grasp just how easily 2nd & 3rd generation Muslims can become part of a terrorist movement and just how little the British government have done about it.

    14. I am rating this five stars because I am extremely impressed by the author's honest narrative. The journey this man went through is one of self-discovery and spiritual discovery. The story of how he finds beauty and spirituality within Islam is very moving. I applaud the author for making this journey and writing such a book where he is often critical of his own actions. It takes a lot to admit one's own faults and it is needless to say that Britain today needs many more Ed Husains to show Musli [...]

    15. This book was recommended to me when it first came out, and I was studying religion at university. It describes one man's story of growing up in East London, becoming religiously aware, becoming involved in Islamist fundamentalists against the wishes of his family and his eventual change of heart after about 5 or 6 years and then how he found his own spirituality and expression of Islam.It was a real eye opener for me. I grew up in a fundamentalist Christian household and attended a fairly funda [...]

    16. I sometimes find it necessary to rate books in halves; this one gets a 2.5 and not the 2 I gave above.This was a book in which I kept oscillating between agreeing and disagreeing with the author up to the last page. I understand and respect his earnest effort in trying to highlight the growing extremist trend in Muslim youth but his vitriolic narration against anything Saudi didn't sit well with me. When he can ask questions such as "Do all 'white Christians' think the same way?" in protest agai [...]

    17. A good look into Islamism and what that means. I was not sure what fundamental Islam was before I read this book and now I feel I have a reasonable understanding. Though the book is written from an author who is British by birth and raising, it has relevance to Islamism anywhere. The book is not a very well written book, which is why I gave it 4 stars, the content is 5 stars. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about fundamental Islam.

    18. This book is an eye opener. Having gone through the process himself- the writer presents a very "day-in-the-life-of" type depiction. Also- interestingly the last part of the book on North America - Canada in particular, makes the read much more insightful. Whereas the book was published first in 2007 and then with an afterword in 2009-it has been amazingly predictive, albeit unintentionally, spelling out the Acts and Impacts of religious extremism in the world - Post '07/09.Must read!

    19. Ed started off as a passionate Muslim, but soon became an Islamist, essentially an fundamentalist activist wanting states to be taken over by an Islamic political system. This book follows his journey in and trying to find his way out. Interesting, but hard to get through at times.

    20. Everybody should read this book to understand extremism in British muslims. As a muslim i found this book to be extremely eye opening.

    21. An exercise in religious motivated reasoning filled with half truths, lies of omission, and wishful thinking. The distortions are too many to name, ranging from misdefining and distorting the history of wahabism, the history, motives, and actions of Muhammed, ignoring the historical triumph of Ash'ari over Mu'tazila and the universal theological concordance between the four main sunni schools on a range of points that he pretends are in the minority or fringe and are somehow superseded by sufi t [...]

    22. Provides a good insight into the motivations for joining an Islamist group in a 'Western' context, the modus operandi of such groups, recruitment and retainment strategies, and the complexities surrounding disengagement. A must-read for someone interested in Islamist extremism, provided that it is read in conjunction with other resources, including these focusing on Islamism and its manifestation in the East. Gives much food for thought regarding the emergence and spread of Islamist extremism in [...]

    23. This is a really personal story on how and why Ed Husain became an Islamist, the comfort and structure he got out of it, the how he got out of it when he realised that it was going to far in his opinon. Highly relevant nowadays, it explains how the social and educational context of a young intelligent mulsim boy can influence him to turn to the strong image of strong islam and that had we been in the same situation we would have probably taken the same path. It is an easy but interesting read.

    24. This is a brilliant book for a number of reasons. 1) It gives a first hand insight to radical Islam. 2) it gives clarity on Britain in regards the next generation of Muslims. 3) It shows us the real extent radical Muslims will go too, in terms of their ideology. I want every Brit to read this. To understand what's going on in Britain.

    25. This was an interesting read about a man who was radicalised and then found his way out of it as his ideas changed. I did have a few issues with it though. Sometimes it was confusing and you wonder were his loyalties are at as he doesn't seem to be either for or against extremism in places. Secondly it's very repetitive in places. I learnt somethings though so not a bad read.

    26. Hypocrital and confusing readThis guy is clearly confused with his identity. After reading his book I found that he is critical and negative about every class, country and religion. He is neither here or there ??? He's a traitor to his country, religion and friends and has no clear path. One of the worst confused man in history.

    27. Ooh! This was a good read. A real eye opener. It depicts how an intelligent British teenage muslim could drift unwittingly into a world of corruption and oppression and jihad simply by wanting to be a better muslim. Beware citizens of Britain; all muslims are NOT the same!

    28. Read in 2015. One of the best books about the rise of Islamism in Britain. And becomes more important with each passing year.

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