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.
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About the Author
Maajid Nawaz is the cofounder of Quilliam. He holds a BA in Arabic and law and an MS in political theory. Maajid has addressed the US Senate, been interviewed by 60 Minutes and the New York Times, and has written for the London Times, the Wall Street Journal, and others.
David Linski (a.k.a. David Ligudzinski and David Atlas) is a graduate of the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia. He has numerous voice-over credits, an extensive theatrical resume, and has starred in short and feature films both in the United States and Australia.
Table of Contents
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
Epilogue: Ideas Are Bulletproof (2013) 257
Glossary of Arabic Terms 267
What People are Saying About This
"One of the essential books to understanding the path to radicalism that 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful teaching tool for understanding Islam, extreme Islamism, and being a Muslim. I highly recommend it.
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.