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Radical : my journey out of Islamist extremism
Nawaz, Maajid.
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Publication Information:
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, 2013.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 270 pages ; 24 cm
The story of a young man's rise in an extremist Muslim group, his imprisonment in Egypt, and his rebirth as an advocate for peace and understanding.
Preface to the US Edition -- Foreword / Prologue -- B-Boy -- Memories of the Ghost Train -- This Game's Not for Pakis -- Doctor Who Said "Fuck tha Police" -- Stranger Stabbed for Me -- Green Backpack with No Bomb -- When Babri Mosque Fell in India -- A Land Where Fetuses Are Cut from Wombs -- Islamist -- An Islamist Takeover -- 12,000 Muslims Screaming "Khilafah" -- Servant of the Compeller -- Womb That Bore Me -- A Show of Hands to Harden the Heart -- Romanticism of Struggle -- Dreams of a Nuclear Caliphate -- Caliphs in Copenhagen -- Polemic -- Welcome to Egypt: We Do As We Please -- Ghimamah Has No Rules -- Number Forty-Two -- Assalaamu Alaykum, You've Just Come out of Hell -- Luxury of an Audience -- Penguin Is Hit by Slippers -- "Monocracy" -- Radical -- Where the Heart Leads, the Mind Can Follow -- No Right to Silence -- How Many Years Did You Fail? -- Civil-Democratic Intimidation -- Decade-Late Apology -- Monkeys in a Zoo -- Visiting No. 10 -- Khudi Pakistan -- I Will See Your Day When It Comes -- Postscript -- Epilogue: Ideas Are Bulletproof (2013) -- Glossary of Arabic Terms -- Resources -- Acknowledgments.
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Maajid Nawaz spent his teenage years listening to American hip-hop and learning about the radical Islamist movement spreading throughout Europe and Asia in the 1980s and 90s. At 16, he was already a ranking member in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a London-based Islamist group. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a top recruiter, a charismatic spokesman for the cause of uniting Islam's political power across the world. Nawaz was setting up satellite groups in Pakistan, Denmark, and Egypt when he was rounded up in the aftermath of 9/11 along with many other radical Muslims.
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.