Radical My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic


Radical My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening ❮KINDLE❯ ❤ Radical My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening ❧ Author Maajid Nawaz – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 ran Maajid Nawaz Journey from PDF/EPUB è spent his teenage years listening to American hip hop and learning about the Radical My Kindle - radical Islamist movement spreading throughout Europe and Asia in the s and s At he My Journey from PDF/EPUB è was already a ranking member in Hizb ut Tahrir a London based Islamist group He uickly My Journey from Islamist Extremism MOBI :Ê 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 along with many other radical Muslims He was sent to an Egyptian prison where My Journey from Islamist Extremism MOBI :Ê he was fortuitously jailed along with the assassins of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat The 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 itHe met with activists and heads of state built a network and started a foundation uilliam 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 US edition contains a Preface for US readers and a new updated epilogue .

  • Hardcover
  • 296 pages
  • Radical My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening
  • Maajid Nawaz
  • English
  • 26 October 2016
  • 9780762791361

About the Author: Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz Journey from PDF/EPUB è is an author and Founding Chairman of uilliam – a globally active think Radical My Kindle - tank focusing on matters of integration citizenship identity religious freedom extremism and immigration Human rights My Journey from PDF/EPUB è and a respect for individual liberty are matters close to Maajid’s heart His work is informed My Journey from Islamist Extremism MOBI :Ê by years spent in his youth as a leadership member of a global Islamist group and his gradual.



10 thoughts on “Radical My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

  1. Andrew Smith Andrew Smith says:

    Maajid Nawaz was brought up in a middle class British Pakistani household in Southend As a teenager he experienced Paki bashing at the hands of the notorious far right group Combat 18 It became routine for him and his friends to carry knives – the threat of violence being ever present It wasn't long before he was being being shown propaganda films showing the atrocious treatment and murder of Muslims in Bosnia and being recruited into the militant Hizb it Tahir group HT an organisation with an aim to overthrow infidel regimes to establish a new Muslim Caliphate As he puts it he was looking for an identity he didn't feel affiliated to either the UK or Pakistan but this group offered another option – that of ignoring state boundaries and simply being part of a group comprising the worldwide population of Muslims At Newham College London – where he became an HT recruiter he witnessed the murder of a student in possibly the first Jihadist street killing In fact he came very close to being implicated in the event himself After college he moved on to undertake recruiting duties in Denmark and Pakistan before being arrested in Egypt in 2001 soon after 911 Here he was held as a political prisoner until 2006 at times witnessing the torture of fellow inmates During his time in prison Maajid – realising he actually knew precious little about the religion he worshipped – spent much of time researching Islam He also talked to fellow prisoners some of whom had vastly different backgrounds and beliefs to his own He eventually formed the view that Islamism the desire to impose a version of Islam over society was not a true to the teachings of the uran Moreover Jihadism the use of force to spread Islamism was simply wrong He decided that a secular Islam where politics is separated from religion was the model he wished to support Conseuently upon his eventual real ease and return to the UK he helped set up uilliam a counter extremism think tank and engaged in a variety of counter extremist activities He met with various heads of state including George W Bush and Tony Blair and appeared on television shows advocating his stance and proposing new strategies After the book was published the author was selected as a parliamentary candidate for a London constituency but he failed to win the seat It's a compelling tale and I can certainly buy the fact that someone with his background and life experiences could be swayed by the promise of a new identity and a cause to support In truth I find it somewhat harder to understand how this translates into a belief that radical action is reuired to the extent that the murder of innocent people becomes justified Nonetheless despite a slight whiff of self aggrandisement rising from the pages I did find this a compelling story The fact that Maajid eventually became an active voice for counter extremism offers some hope and though his proffered ‘solutions’ seem to lack some depth it is clearly a complex problem that defies a simple answer

  2. Tariq Mahmood Tariq Mahmood says:

    I don't know whether to call this very autobiographical account of an ex Islamist and very elouent Maajid Nawaz inspirational or megalomaniac I thoroughly enjoyed the Essex racist scene and his descriptions of his time in Pakistan and Egypt He has also very elouently explained the difference between Islamism and Jihadism which I don't really see as much relevant to the whole debate The book is filled with self glorifying stories plucked from Maajid's personal life whether he was in the Egyptian jail or in front of David Cameroon where Maajid was always important Typical self righteous approach displayed by most second generation Pakistanis I wish they could pick some of the humility of the British culture as well Anyway Maajid has given me the impression of changing ideologies from a very extremist Islamic view to a very extremist Islamophobic view Although he has claimed that the change was gradual but I believe that Maajid flipped to the other extreme because the Islamists ditched him in his hour of needI would have been comfortable reading his account if he had turned into a full fledge skeptic His conversion from being a Hizb Tahir to anti HT wasn't very convincing as well Why he choose to reject on multiple occasions in his life gestures from other Muslims is a bit beyond me as my own experience of living in UK has been pretty humanistic in general How a well educated otherwise elouent Maajid failure to grasp basic human to human contact confirms his megalomaniac tendency I think sooner or later he will end up joining politics

  3. Malia Malia says:

    This book was uite compelling and though it dealt with troubling subject matter and Maajid Nawas is freuently not the most likable of people the transformation of his mindset is both heartening and fascinating to follow While he came across a little self important even when he was no longer espousing his radical views and some of his arguments seemed too superficial I still couldn't stop readingFind reviews and bookish fun at

  4. Farah Didi Farah Didi says:

    A must read for anyone who wants to learn about Islamic extremism and how easy it is for radical elements to attract young people Maajid's personal story is so similar to those find in so many different countries At times the book is hard going and gruesome but well worth the read Highly recommended

  5. Julie Julie says:

    I'm glad I read this because it helped me understand the 'why' behind ISIS and other extremists as well as ideas for combating this mindset Not surprisingly the solutions aren't as simple as political groups suggest The hawkish 'us' vs 'them' mentality plays right into the hands of these guys who want to radicalize as many as possible Aggression by a common enemy the West practically does the job for them But they are also smart enough to use liberals' political correctness to their advantage too Interestingly Nawaz' own turnaround came in prison from the examples of free thought democracy and principled action he encountered in Amnesty International Western literature and by delving into the actual uran––not just the politicized version of it No easy answers in this book and I found the authors' ego annoyingly over the top but plenty to think about

  6. Farah Osman Farah Osman says:

    This book is painful It is so poorly written and structured The guy is a nut job; thank heavens that he is now on the side of Not promoting violence and not being a so called extremist He is a total attention seeker This volume has reinforced my view that extremism has nothing to do with religion or race or creed or ideology but with personality This man would have been an extremist regardless of his religion and all the experiences that he describes I went through identity crisis plural as well and was the odd one out and was subjected to racism as a minority in the west of similar background and religion to him I might add but I did not go nuts He is just nuts I guess it's worth to read to understand nuts in the 21st century

  7. Sharon Sharon says:

    If ever there was a time to read this it is now Yes Maajid maybe self important but he's been there done that and came out the other side He has a wealth of knowledge and insight as to how some extremists develop and we need to understand how and why it is happening to the young impressionable angry frustrated men who are born into our country but do not feel as if they belong They cannot go back to their own country They are already living in their own countryThere are obviously complicated and varied reasons for extreme beliefs and this book is undeniably important to try and understand and make changes to our understanding behaviour and support It is undoubtably in our best interests after allI didn't think I would feel so strongly about this until recent events in London This book with hindsight had a warning that something like this could happen in Britain

  8. Chris Chapman Chris Chapman says:

    This is a crucial book it must be read But I only gave it three stars? So it is not beautifully written and Maajid Nawaz clearly has an enormous ego which he is stoking throughout the entire book But it helps in understanding some very crucial issues that are currently very topical Somebody once told me that Islamism is like Marxism in that it's not just a political idea it offers solutions for absolutely every concern that you have in life especially for young people who are looking for those kind of solutions This is illustrated in a very tangible vivid way through Nawaz's life story which is certainly not a typical one

  9. Isil Arican Isil Arican says:

    In short this is a cognitive dissonance story of a megalomaniacI read this book after reading Islam and the Future of Tolerance which is a transcribed debate between Nawaz and Sam Harris In the debate I really like his manner and how he articulates his reasoning so I thought this book would be interesting to read I was expecting this book to be descriptive of his journey from a radical islamist to a moderate one and definitely was expecting to read about his thought process and how he convinced himself to think one way and then the other I was really disappointedThis book even though he portrays it as his journey out of extremism tells not much about it There is not much details of what he was thinking and how he made himself believe in things he doesn't believe now Instead it is a self glorifying autobiography of a narcissistic person Instead of looking into his transformation he tells a story of what happened when and how he was always right He was always the best guy always thoughtful made all the right decisions at right time When those decisions turned out to be untrue there was always very convenient reason why he did soWhen he was into hip hop apparently he was the best hip hop fan he then was the best graffiti artist At university he was the best activist When he became an islamist recruiter he was the best recruiter When he went to jail he was the best inmate ever According to him he is always right insightful and thoughtful It is very annoying that there isn't a speck of self criticism in this bookHe glorifies all of his decisions and his actions with no regrets at all To me he seems like a perfect opportunist that would take every opportunity ideology and relationship including romance to benefit himself to be influential and famous He didn't even had the guts to tell his wife that he is leaving him and left her a letter instead And then he rationalizes why it was the right thing to do Then he talks about how he decided to make peace with Ayaan Hirsi Ali If you think it was due to his deep thinking you would be wrong He was upset that his new wife went to a debate to listen to her not him the same debate they met so he made a point of friending Ayaan Hirsi afterwardsHis life seems like filled with a ha moments and those moments came only when it was a convenience to himAnother thing I find uite unbelievable his claim of not knowing jihadist movement's implications He talks about political Islamism and carves it our neatly to fit his narrative so he doesn't look bad leaving the oppression of human rights women's rights and connection with jihadists I find it really hard to believe that he travelled across four countries recruited hundreds of people without realizing its implications And I am saying this as a person who lived in a Muslim country for most of her life Even a stupid person would see the implications of these groups and if he is as smart as he claims hundred times in this book he is lyingThe only good thing about this book is the detailed distinction of Political Islam and regular muslims' beliefs This seems to be the narrative that works for him lately and it was exactly the part that made me like his stance in the Future of ToleranceMaybe his best representative sentence from the book is The heart decides and the mind follows And it should be exactly the opposite because we do have a brain for thinking before acting

  10. Sandra Sandra says:

    Some months ago I came across a TV interview segment that went something like this Interviewer What would you say was the most important thing that made you uestion your dedication to radical Islamism cause?Interviewee who happened to be Maajid Nawaz after a bit of fumblings Amnesty International advocating for me while I was imprisoned in EgyptI support AI and from time to time I am prompted to ponder some of their non conventional causes Like the old incarnation of Mr Nawaz The interview snippet caught my attention for that exact reason and this book helped crystalize some of my thinking around the topic Mr Nawaz is an author who can be challenging for many people very self assured sometimes to the point of self aggrandizement But he is also a man of sharp and vigorous intellect and things he has to share are worth listening to I recenly read Islam and the Future of Tolerance A Dialoguetranscript of his discussion with Sam Harris and I deeply appreciate the work he is now doing and the effort he is putting into building the bridges with anyone willing to engage in a dialog It is an absolute shame what SPLC is doing to him and Ayaan Hirsi Ali with their nebulous inclusion on the anti Muslim extremists list Such are the times we live in Maajid Nawaz sets himself against almost impossible odds​ and maybe it takes someone so self assured and driven to undertake such a causeInterestingly he was a friend and co idealist of Ed Husain the author of The Islamist Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain What I Saw Inside and Why I Left which I read years ago It will be interesting to reread it again and compare the two

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