My Year Inside Radical Islam

My Year Inside Radical Islam : A Memoir

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"My Year Inside Radical Islam" is a memoir of first a spiritual and then a political seduction. Raised in liberal Ashland, Oregon, by parents who were Jewish by birth but dismissive of strict dogma, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross converted to Islam in college-a process that began with a desire to connect with both a religious community and a spiritual practice, and eventually led him to sympathize with the most extreme interpretations of the faith with the most radical political implications. In the year following graduation, Gartenstein-Ross went to work for the Al Haramain Islamic Foundation, a charity dedicated to fostering Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia's austere form of Islam-a theological inspiration for many terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda. Shortly after he left Al Haramain-when his own fanaticism had waned-the foundation was charged by the U.S. government for a money-laundering scheme that was seemingly designed to finance terrorist organizations. Gartenstein-Ross, by this time a lawyer at a prominent firm, volunteered for questioning by the FBI. They already knew who he was. The story of how a good faith can be distorted and a decent soul can be seduced away from his principles, "My Year Inside Radical Islam" provides a rare glimpse into the personal interface between religion and politics.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Jeremy P Tarcher
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1585426113
  • 9781585426119
  • 1,869,948

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"Daveed Gartenstein-Ross has something rare to offer, namely the perspective of someone who has ties with each the major monotheistic faiths whose upbringing also exposed a hodgepodge of New Age beliefs, another underexamined current feeding into the post-9/11 maelstrom." -"Los Angeles Times"show more

About Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is a counter terrorism consultant. He is frequently asked to give recommendations to law enforcement and senior politicians and his articles on terrorism, religious extremism and the law have appeared in a wide range of publications.show more

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