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Ed Husain
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Penguin Global (April 9, 2008)
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The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left is a 2007 book about Ed Husain's five years as an Islamist

The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left is a 2007 book about Ed Husain's five years as an Islamist. The book has been described as "as much a memoir of personal struggle and inner growth as it is a report on a new type of extremism. The son of pious Muslim parents from South Asia, living in East London, Husain joins the Islamist group Young Muslim Organization at the age of sixteen, before moving on to be active in Hizb ut-Tahrir while in college.

Mohamed "Ed" Husain (born 25 December 1974) is a writer, senior fellow at the British think tank Civitas, and a global fellow of the Wilson Center's Middle East program.

Ed Husain's story of how a young London Muslim was turned into a potential jihadist, The Islamist, is a wake-up call for . The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left.

Ed Husain's story of how a young London Muslim was turned into a potential jihadist, The Islamist, is a wake-up call for Britain, says Anushka Asthana. Operation Crevice revealed an underworld of young Muslim men ready to kill. Ed Husain's memoir exposes some of the mind games that led them there.

Ed Husain was an Islamist radical for five years in his late teens and early twenties. Having rejected extremism he traveled 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, among others.

Personal life, education, and career. Husain's father and mother were born in India.

Ed Husain's "The Islamist" is a powerful story of transformation from nascent terrorist to devout Sufi Muslim fighting .

Ed Husain's "The Islamist" is a powerful story of transformation from nascent terrorist to devout Sufi Muslim fighting terrorist ideas. But it is also extraordinarily grim in its implications.

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Ed Husain is the author of the bestselling book The Islamist. He writes regularly for the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian. Husain writes and speaks extensively on global threats from terrorism. He has made appearances on CNN, Fox, NPR, and more. 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.

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.
  • Zolorn
I was the "American Lacrosse (the Iroquois sport) Ambassador" in East London in 1983-84. My student/athletes were from the same streets and from that same back ground as Mr. Hussein. All colors, all faiths.....everyone was a Cockney. Half of all the Cockneys were from Islamic families from Pakistan and Bangladesh. I sensed certain tensions in households and on the streets. This book explained quite a few things to me. I was very moved by the early descriptions of public university life in East London and the Islamic dynamics of the East End. This story could serve as an outline for a very important evolutionary chapter of London's storied East End. Reading this book brought me right back and cleared up quite a few long standings questions. It was very helpful for me to understand that my young students were stressed, not just by the presence of racist police and Maggie Thatcher's iron rule, but by divisions within their own faith traditions.

Mr. Hussen's introspection and his expression of it makes for a great read. Not to give too much away, but I now have a Sufi poet or two to explore. This is an important read for anyone of any faith (or not).

If this book leads to a chapter in the history of the East gets a FIVE! An important voice that I believe we will owe ourselves to be aware of. I found myself wanting to say, "Ed, wasn't John Lennon right? Love IS the answer!"
  • Gaua
Ed Husain is a great writer, and tells and even greater story. As a Christian, this inside look was helpful, because it's not coming from the media or popular western opinion, but from as a first hand account from a Muslim.
  • Weiehan
I saw the author during a tv interview and was intrigued with his story. Purchasing the book on a whim, I have to say this was a timely & insightful read. Good buy.
  • Getaianne
Husain clearly examined the route into Islamism and subsequently out of radicalism... His journey was very tough.
  • Viashal
  • Ygglune
As described!
  • Magis
Mr. Husain, a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, describes his life searching for "true" Islam. He describes, how he became a radical Islamist, and how reality (a killing in the name of Islam, and two years spent in Saudi Arabia)made him appreciate the "Western" values of tolerance, without loosing his Muslim faith.
The writes distingues clearly between (spiritual) Muslims and (radical( Islamists - better than anything I have read before.
The writing of the book is fine, but not exceptional in my opinion - which does not affect the high value of the content!

Many of the conclusions he draws (equality of sexes, tolerance of religions...), and which he had to fight hard to find, are nearly self evident for any non-religious liberal person.

At times, it was difficult for me to understand, how such an obviously highly intelligent person would have to struggle so hard to see the value and the morality of, say, equality of the sexes.

The book is further proof, how religion (indeed any ideology) may be abused. The book also clearly shows, that our "Western" values are not self - evident, not even to highly intelligent people growing up in Britain, BUT MUST BE DEFENDED EVERY DAY.

The book, certainly written by an insider, calls for exactly that: If we do not defend ourselves and our value system it will be taken away from us!
A must for anybody who wants that his / her children will also enjoy our "Western" form of Government and Society!
I've read this book last year and I really liked it.
It is sort of protest against politic Islam, based on personal experience. This is for the first time that we have opportunity to read about Islamic fundamentalism and life within radical Islamic organizations from an ex-member.

Namely Mr. Husain, British Muslim has become Muslim fundamentalist in sixteen an then years after he saw how wrong is that path. What has awaken his criticism (and opened his eyes) was personal experience with devastating Islamic ideas planted in the minds of Muslim teenagers in Britain that encourage them to be confronted with others in the name of religion.

Time Mr. Husain has spent in Saudi Arabia firmed his beliefs that rigid, old form of Islam: wahhabism joined with political Islam: islamism is causing only suffering all around the globe: Baghdad, Tel Aviv, Madrid, London, New York, Istanbul, etc he realized how that ideology is filled with anger, ideology that he once belonged to is not only a threat to primeval Islam and Muslims but to entire civilized world.
After he finished this road Mr. Husain thought it is his humane duty to speak against something that is presented in Britain as a "true Islam", because the Koran orders to all Muslims to speak the truth, even if the truth is against them.

First part of the book is little slow I must admit and that maybe because I wasn't familiar with things related with British society. Everything was new for me but there are so many information that are more/less familiar to someone who lives in Britain I guess. However, for me it from time to time it was little hard to follow.

What surprised me the most was part about Saudi Arabia. Namely, I didn't have a clue that to love a Prophet is actually forbidden and is considered as idolatry. I was in shock what treatment believers are receiving on Prophet's grave.

Mr. Husain has done amazing job in introducing us to creation of Wahhabi stream in Islam and I didn't know that precisely Wahhabism is official form of Islam in Saudi Arabia! That was really surprising. Thinking about peninsula and how huge amounts of money are coming from there to help all Islamic actions all around the world (including erecting mosques in Bosnia but also financing war and sending mujahideen and Al Qaeda forces in the same Bosnia) I would never thought that Saudi Arabia is such a racist society towards Muslims (!). It's extremely segregated and indeed the title of the chapter about it "Saudi Arabia: Where is Islam?" is perfectly chosen.

I really enjoyed in this book (enjoyed in sense I've learned a lot) but the main readers would (and should) be (young) Muslims in the Western world. This book is showing how enormously wrong picture about "true Islam" and the life in the cradle of Islam they have. Almost everything is wrong and artificially created completely ignoring the Holly Book. But the worst thing is that young Muslims in the west are accepting this radicalism thinking it's how Prophet and the Koran is telling them they should believe, think and act.
And moreover Mr. Hosain has explained entire genesis of radicalism with the names that stands behind it and the books that can be purchased in regular bookshop in London. Now comes the old question (I wrote about this in my post about "Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali) Why intolerance should be tolerated? In the name of religious freedom? That's a nonsense, very expensive one! Not only because of innocent victims of radicalism but also because it produces even bigger segregation between cultures, between religions and we are all victims, on both sides of the gorge while in reality we are in our own cultures and religion much more closer then we know.

I'll finish with two quotes which are unknown to, I'm sure many Muslims and non Muslims and that are reflects how same we are:

"Beware of extremism in religion, for it was extremism in religion that destroyed those who went before you" - The Prophet Mohammed (570-632)
"Whoever kills an innocent person, it is as though he has killed entire humanity" - The Koran