My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism

Book - 2013
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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.
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, 2013.
ISBN: 9780762791361
Branch Call Number: 297.092 Naw
Characteristics: xxvi, 270 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 04, 2017

An excellent look at the intellectual awakening of a committed Islamist to the need for universal Human rights as the only way to bridge differences with respect to race and religion. The old definition of liberty is being forgotten as an integral aspect of Democracy. People should really take heed of the author's disdain for many on the "left" that condemn his views with respect to not confronting Islamism (as opposed to Islam). This book is a good example of the downfall of identity politics and the "others" . There is a good deal of insight to be taken from this book. Well worth reading.

Apr 23, 2016

Nawaz's journey starts from his childhood in the U.K., surrounded by his feelings of isolation as a result of racism. He eventually becomes radicalized into HT, spends 4 years in an Egyptian prison and ultimately realizes his belief system is terribly flawed. He then begins the process of self-examination and personal growth. He continues to work to educate young Muslims in order to prevent the same pitfalls into which he fell. Only when humans can rise above racial and religious ignorance and intolerance can we all then hope for peace.

Dec 23, 2015

Very educational book on our current issues with ISIS and Islam. He takes you through all 5 emotions of Grief, leaving you with a much better education on what Islamist Extremism is. You will change your attitude to the news being reported on the Terrorist actions around the world and how the people are reporting it.
Who better to educate you on what is actually happening with Islamism - than a person that practiced, organized and recruited people for the cause. Lastly - this has been going on for hundreds of years - its not our fault.

Feb 07, 2015

Maajid Nawaz, born in Great Britain, but of Pakistani parents, felt surrounded by threatening skin-heads, so for self-protection he joined a Paskistani youth gang. Eventually, he joined Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist Islamic (yet mostly non-violent) group and became a world-wide recruiter for the group. The book tells the story of his evolution into the group and then his evolution out of the group. HT has about a million members world-wide, but I have never even heard of it. To me, this suggests that Western media ignores non-Western culture and politics, yet favors such extremist white political personalities as Louis Gohmert, Steven King, Ted Cruz and Michelle Bachmann. Maybe this in itself is one of the reasons why so many Islamic youth are being drawn into such movements as ISIS.


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