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All Quotes by author - Maajid Nawaz
" After much soul searching I was able to renounce my past Islamist ideology, challenging everything I was once prepared to die for. "
" America did not invade Iraq because Iraqis are Muslims. Oil, money, economic interests. Who knows? But it was not because Iraqis are Muslims. "
" As people's opportunities to succumb to confirmation bias increases online - only seeking out information that confirms their prejudices - ignorance, extremism and close-mindedness have continued to rise unabated. "
" By the age of 24, I found myself convicted in prison in Egypt, being blacklisted from three countries in the world for attempting to overthrow their governments, being subjected to torture in Egyptian jails, and sentenced to five years as a prisoner of conscience. "
" De-radicalisation begins by breaking down the logic which once seemed unassailable and rethinking what you are fighting for and why. That is hard to do when Islamists and Islamophobes feed off each other's hateful cliches. "
" Dogma not only blinds its protagonist, but it muzzles all other opposition. "
" Hip-hop in the '90s began moving towards the Nation of Islam and the 5 Percenters, black nationalist movements; very much so, these movements embraced a form of Islam: Malcom X's form of Islam prior to his change. "
" I can now say that the more I learnt about Islam, the more tolerant I became. "
" I can say with a level of confidence that Islam is not a religion of war, only because the majority of Muslims don't subscribe to that perspective, not because there's something inherent in the text that tells me it's a religion of peace. "
" If liberalism is to mean anything at all, it is duty bound to support without hesitation the dissenting individual over the group, the heretic over the orthodox, innovation over stagnation, and free speech over offense. "
" In Bosnia, the case was there were white, blond-haired, blue-eyed Muslims who were being slaughtered and identified as Muslims. That really touched me. "
" I really didn't grow up religious, and I didn't grow up acknowledging my Muslim identity. For me, I was a British Pakistani. "
" Ironically, xenophobic nationalists are utilizing the benefits of globalization. "
" Islamism is not Islam. Islamism is the politicisation of Islam, the desire to impose a version of this ancient faith over society. "
" Liberalism will beat totalitarianism by killing it softly, not by mimicking it. "
" My identity comprises of more than just my faith. I am a proud Muslim, but I am also a liberal, a Briton, a Pakistani, a Londoner, a father, a product of the globalised world who speaks English, Arabic and Urdu. "
" Preying on the grievances of disaffected young men is the bedrock of Islamism. "
" Satire is, by definition, offensive. It is meant to make us feel uncomfortable. It is meant to make us scratch our heads, think, do a double-take, and then think again. "
" Societies should be judged by how they treat the weakest among them. "
" The first point of contact for radicalisation is almost always a personal one. Prisons and universities, for example, tend to be easily and regularly infiltrated by radical groups, who use them as forums to propagate their ideas. "
" The only certainty we have is that those who are certain of a way to arrive at worldly salvation, are committed enough to organize around this, and seek power to enforce it, will invariably descend into a bloody totalitarian fascism. "
" The only way we can challenge Islamism is to engage with one another. We need to make it as abhorrent as racism has become today. Only then will we stem the tide of angry young Muslims who turn to hate. "
" There are no globalized, youth-led, grassroots social movements advocating for democratic culture across Muslim-majority societies. There is no equivalent of Al-Qaeda without the terrorism. "
" The University of Westminster is well known for being a hotbed of extremist activity. "
" Traditionally, open-minded secular liberal rationalists have not made a case for tolerance. "
" Unity in faith is theocracy; unity in politics is fascism. "
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