The Islamist : Why I joined radical Islam in Britain, what I saw inside and why I left

Author(s): Ed Husain

The War On Terror

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'
  Observer '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.


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Shortlisted for Orwell Prize 2008 and PEN/Ackerley Prize 2008.

a"The Islamist" is a wake-up call for Britain.a
--"The Guardian"
aAll who glibly generalise about the no-manas-land between terrorism and multi-culturalism should read this articulate and impassioned book.a
--"The Times"
a"The Islamist" should be prescribed like medicine. Whatever your prejudices, it will eat into them like acid.a
--"Daily Telegraph"
a"The Islamist" could not be more timely.a
--"Observer"
a"The Islamist" is first and foremost a riveting personal narrative, but it also carries a powerfula]message.a
--"Literary Review"
aEd Husain deserves enormous credita]It is an extraordinarily well written memoir.a
--"Mail on Sunday"
aUniquea] A call to ordinary Muslims to reclaim their faitha
--"Asian Leader"
aCourageous memoira
--"Evening Standard"
aEd Husain is the man we were all looking for after the 7/7 bombingsa]Not to help police with their investigationsa]but to help a stunned nation understand.a
--"Weekend Australian"
aHusain has written a persuasive and stimulating booka
--Martin Amis

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. He is a co-founder of the Quillium Foundation, Britain's first Muslim counter extremism think tank. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

General Fields

  • : 9780141030432SECA
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : January 2007
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 17mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ed Husain
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 320.5570941092
  • : 288