Born and raised in Essex| Maajid Nawaz was recruited into politicised Islam as a . Abandoning his love of hip hop music| graffiti and girls| he was recruited into Hizb utTahrir (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.
Arriving in Egypt the day before 9/11 his views soon led to his arrest| imprisonment and mental torture| before being 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 co-founded with former Islamist and bestselling 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.
Interesting Facts :
Ed Husain's The Islamist has sold 70|000 copies through Bookscan
A former Amnesty International 'prisoner of conscience' Maajid was the subject of a CBS 60 Minutes special and a BBC Newsnight focus. He has addressed the US Senate in Washington DC| and regularly comments on national and international news and BBC Radio 4's Today programme
One of the first titles to be published on the WH Allen list| Radical is a provocative and intelligent piece of writing
Maajid was a speaker at the TEDGlobal 2011 conference. A video of his talk which has been viewed almost 230|000 times can be found on the TED.com website
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