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Radical : my journey out of Islamist extremism
Nawaz, Maajid.
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Publication Information:
Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, 2013.
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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.


Author Notes

Maajid Nawaz is the co-founder of Quilliam. He holds a BA in Arabic and Law and an MSc in Political Theory. Maajid has addressed the U.S. Senate, been interviewed by 60 Minutes and the New York Times, and has written for The London Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others.

Table of Contents

Kate Allen
Preface to the US Editionp. ix
Forewordp. xvii
Prologuep. xix
Part 1 B-Boy
1 Memories of the Ghost Trainp. 3
2 This Game's Not for Pakisp. 13
3 The Doctor Who Said "Fuck tha Police"p. 19
4 The Stranger Stabbed for Mep. 27
5 The Green Backpack with No Bombp. 37
6 When Babri Mosque Fell in Indiap. 45
7 A Land Where Fetuses Are Cut from Wombsp. 55
Part 2 Islamist
8 An Islamist Takeoverp. 65
9 12,000 Muslims Screaming "Khilafah"p. 69
10 Servant of the Compellerp. 75
11 The Womb That Bore Mep. 81
12 A Show of Hands to Harden the Heartp. 87
13 The Romanticism of Strugglep. 91
14 Dreams of a Nuclear Caliphatep. 97
15 Caliphs in Copenhagenp. 107
16 The Polemicp. 113
17 Welcome to Egypt: We Do As We Pleasep. 127
18 The Ghimamah Has No Rulesp. 135
19 Number Forty-Twop. 145
20 Assalaamu Alaykum, You've Just Come out of Hellp. 151
21 The Luxury of an Audiencep. 157
22 The Penguin Is Hit by Slippersp. 163
23 "Monocracy"p. 171
Part 3 Radical
24 Where the Heart Leads, the Mind Can Followp. 181
25 No Right to Silencep. 193
26 How Many Years Did You Fail?p. 199
27 Civil-Democratic Intimidationp. 209
28 The Decade-Late Apologyp. 215
29 Monkeys in a Zoop. 225
30 Visiting No. 10p. 231
31 Khudi Pakistanp. 235
32 I Will See Your Day When It Comesp. 243
Postscriptp. 249
Epilogue: Ideas Are Bulletproof (2013)p. 253
Glossary of Arabic Termsp. 263
Resourcesp. 265
Acknowledgmentsp. 269