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Radical Audiobook

Radical: My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

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Born and raised in Essex, Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a teenager. Abandoning his love of hip-hop music, graffiti and girls, he was recruited into Hizb ut-Tahrir (the Liberation Party), where he played a leading and international role in the shaping and dissemination of an aggressive anti-West narrative. While studying for his Arabic and law degree, he travelled around the UK and to Denmark and Pakistan, setting up new cells.

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.

©2013 Maajid Nawaz (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    "Simply Inspirational"

    It is my hope that Maajid's candid writing and progressive work for an international secular Islam, touches the minds and hearts of those who would otherwise press for the islamisation of the west and the establishment of a Caliphate. Thank you Maajid.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Rak London 07/01/2017
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    An extremely interesting true story that is well told by the author. I was gripped and would recommend it.

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    Jim Vaughan 23/08/2017
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    "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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    "A gripping tale"

    An important and amazing journey.
    Read by the author, who is a fiery speaker. ++

    Sadly, the issue of radicalism is unlikely to become irrelevant for a long time to come, so this book is likely to remain relevant as well.

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    "Enlightening"

    An enlightening story, captivating and thought provoking, and great narration by Maajid Nawaz. Highly recommended

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    S. J. Evans Warwickshire 20/02/2017
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    "Essential."

    I will begin donating to Quilliam after listening to this. A very important book and a fascinating story.

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    "Insightful"

    Excellent insight into what immigrants and 2nd generation immigrants have faced in Europe in the latter part of the 20th century and the inner mechanics of Islamism. Maajid is courageous and intelligent with a fantastic story to tell. He is also an eloquent and engaging narrator. I've seen him live with Sam Harris in Melbourne and heard him on the waking up podcast and this is more of a very good thing. Highly recommended. More power to you Maajid for engaging in a difficult but essential challenge for mankind.

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    "Life imitating the best of fiction..."

    If I didn't know Maajid Nawaz was real from our interactions on social media, I'd be thinking this was a fiction dressed up as an autobiography. Maajid's story is so gripping and full of lesson, it should be required reading for anyone with an interest in the intersection of politics and religion in the 21st Century. It is indeed "un-putdownable"!

    It is welcome that the author narrates his own work, as for me this always lends authenticity to an audiobook, however if I were to make one criticism of Maajid's delivery it is that it is a touch dispassionate in places given the subject material. His beautiful pronounciation of Arabic does somewhere make up for this, though.

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    "a must listen for an understanding of islimism"

    a brilliant bio that explains islimism and it's warped relationship with the far right.
    a must to listen to understand alot that's gone wrong in the last 10 years and to quote the book why "islimism is the bastard child of colonialism"

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    A must read for anyone seeking to understand the key struggle of our time. A superb book

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