He arrived in Egypt the day before 9/11, where his views soon led to his arrest, imprisonment and mental torture before he was 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, he underwent an intellectual transformation, and on his release after four years, he publically renounced the Islamist ideology that had defined his life. This move would cost him his marriage, his family and his friends as well as his own personal security.
Six years after his release, Maajid now works all over the world to counter Islamism and to promote democratic ideals through his organisation, The Quilliam Foundation, which he cofounded with former Islamist and best-selling author Ed Husain.
Following in the wake of the extraordinary democratic change in the Arab world that few would have foretold, Radical is Maajid's intensely personal account of life inside and out of Islamic extremism. It also highlights one man's quest to inspire change and challenge extremism in all its forms. This is a hard-hitting memoir of one man's journey into and out of Islamic extremism.
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By Jim Vaughan on 23-08-17
DANGER! Islamism Explained
This is a rip-roaring story, made more so by the fact that it is true. If, like me you are puzzled why educated, intelligent, middle class Britons risk everything to join an Islamist organisation that stands opposed to every liberal value we hold dear, this book helps explain it - or at least it did for me. Maajid Nawaz makes clear the powerful mutualism between the racism of the far right and Islamist radicalisation.
He also clarifies the difference between Islam as a religion and Islamism as a militant political movement, dedicated to the revolutionary spread of political Islam, in particular, the overthrow of those secular dictatorships supported by the West. As an Islamist student, Nawaz was arrested in Egypt, and gives a harrowing account of his time as a political prisoner (torture is routine), and his release after Amnesty International takes up his case. This is the turning point, and the last few chapters are about the bitter opposition he faced from former friends in renouncing Islamism (though not Islam), and his courageous decision to found the Quilliam Foundation.
Great book, superbly read by the author, exciting, insightful and intelligent. If you want to really understand the roots of radicalisation and Islamism, I know of no better account.
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By Mike on 17-05-18
Listening to Maajid tell his story is shocking, exciting, intellectually compelling, and highly informative. I highly recommend this to those who have an interest in politics, religion, or extremism and deradicalization.