Zacarias Moussaoui : The Making of a Terrorist
In September 2001, Abd Samad Moussaoui?s life was turned over. His younger brother, Zacarias, arrested in the United States in August for a visa violation, was then accused by the US government of involvement in the events of 9/11. The charges against Moussaoui were announced by US Attorney General John Ashcroft, who described the indictment as ?a chronicle of evil?. Moussaoui was charged with ?undergoing the same training, receiving the same funding, and pledging the same commitment to kill Americans as the hijackers?. In this unique book, Abd Samad Moussaoui describes his brother?s upbringing in France in a racist society that only just tolerated him. He tries to understand how, in a five year period, Zacarias went from the Mosques of London to flying schools in Minnesota. For Abd Samad Moussaoui, it has become essential to explain how Wahhabi fundamentalism tries to impose its extreme interpretation of Islam on an unsuspecting congregation; how it corrupts and converts a generation of youth that included his brother into cannon fodder for the jihad.
- Paperback | 160 pages
- 134 x 215 x 13mm | 180g
- 15 May 2003
- Profile Books Ltd
- Serpent's Tail
- London, United Kingdom
?This is essential reading for anyone who needs to understand what can happen to ordinary men to turn them towards the politics of hate. A moving, humane book? Yasmin Alibhai-Brown ?This couldn?t be anything other than a remarkable book, simply because of the identity of its author... Not only a fascinating life story, but a laudable account of the way a young man can turn away from the world and collapse to a politics of hate? Observer Review ?With its pain and its humanity brings a stark answer to a fundamental question: how does one become a terrorist?? L?Humanit? ?A very courageous book that takes to task... a sectarian, violent strand of Islamic thought? La Tribune
About Abd Samad Moussaoui
Abd Samad Moussaoui is a teacher in a technical high school in the south of France. Florence Bouquillat, his co-writer, is a TV journalist at France 2.