The Islamist

Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left

Author: Ed Husain

  • Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Published: 03 May 2007
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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. 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.

This is the first time an ex-member openly discusses life within radical Islamic organisations. This is my story.

Back when the book was launched in the UK, news of the publicity storm The Islamist made even the front page of the International Herald Tribune:

The Islamist-Óhas caused a ruckus in the newspapers, on television, on talk shows and in blogs.-ã

The Islamist has received wide and various acclaim from both the political right and left; film rights are being sought and there is still a great buzz around this important and timely book.


Orwell Prize: Short-listed 2008

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Product details

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780141030432
  • Size: 129 x 198mm
  • Pages: 304
  • Published: 03 May 2007
  • Publisher: Penguin
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