MAAJID NAWAZ RADICAL
My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening
The launch title from WH Allen: Published on the 5th July, £12.99 pbk
Radical is a brilliantly written and intensely personal account of life within Islamism and a timely, insightful account of a journey into – and out of – extremism. Published as London marks the seventh anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks of 7th July 2005.
A thirty-three-year old British Pakistani who grew up in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into political Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip hop music, graffiti and girls, he joined Hizb al-Tahrir (the Liberation Party) where he played a central role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. While studying for his Arabic and law degree, he travelled around the UK, Denmark and Pakistan, setting up new cells and encouraging military coups.
Arriving in Egypt the day before 9/11 his Islamist views soon led to his arrest and imprisonment, where he witnessed torture before being thrown into solitary confinement in a Cairo jail reserved for political prisoners. There, while mixing with everyone from the assassins of Egypt’s president to Liberal reformists, Amnesty International adopted him as a Prisoner of Conscience and he underwent an intellectual transformation. Upon his release from prison, Maajid renounced political Islamism and now travels the world educating and inspiring young people about democracy, risking his life to undo everything he had once been prepared to die for.
Islamist extremists attack him. Arab revolutionaries know his name. Presidents and Prime Ministers have courted him.
B-Boy. Islamist. Activist. Always a Radical. This story will make you believe in change.
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