The Islamist

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

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History, 20th Century Britain
Paperback Published on: 03/05/2007
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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, 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.'

'A complete eye-opener'
The Times

'Captivating, and terrifyingly honest'

'Persuasive and stimulating'
Martin Amis

'Read this articulate and impassioned book'
Simon Jenkins, Sunday Times

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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141030432
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 224g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm

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The Islamist
The Islamist
Although Husain provides an honest and interesting account of his time as an Islamist, he didn't really expose any 'hidden truths' or 'secrets' about Islam... READ MORE
Matt Clifford
The Islamist
The Islamist
Very good read about life on the inside of UK Islamism. Good detail about motivation, ideology and modus operandi of Islamist groups in the UK. Would defin... READ MORE
The Islamist
The Islamist
Contrived, fiction at best. Alarmist and not authentic at all. If your looking at understanding the issues buy Animal Farm (5.94) , more entertaining and g... READ MORE
Mohammed Yaseen
The Islamist
The Islamist
This was an excellent book which provides a useful and informative insight into the world of muslims by giving an honest and true perspective of Muslims in... READ MORE
Hashim Talbot