The Battle for British Islam: Reclaiming Muslim Identity from Extremism
Sara Khan with Tony McMahon
‘An important book from a tireless campaigner’ Mishal Husain
‘Sara Khan is a fearless and principled voice in the struggle for the soul of Islam. Everyone who cares about combatting prejudice should read her, befriend her and fight alongside her.’ Nick Cohen
Across Britain, Muslims are caught up in a battle over the very nature of their faith. And extremists appear to be gaining the upper hand. Sara Khan has spent the past decade campaigning for tolerance and equal rights within Muslim communities, and is now engaged in a new struggle for justice and understanding – the urgent need to counter Islamist-inspired extremism.
In this timely and courageous book, Khan shows how previously antagonistic groups of fundamentalist Muslims have joined forces, creating pressures that British society has never before encountered. What is more, identity politics and the attitudes of both the far Right and ultra-Left have combined to give the Islamists ever-increasing power to spread their message.
Unafraid to tackle some of the pressing issues of our time, Sara Khan addresses the question of how to break the cycle of extremism without alienating British Muslims. She calls for all Britons to reject divisive ideologies and introduces us to those individuals who are striving to build a safer future.
Sara Khan is an award-winning human rights campaigner who has appeared on the BBC, Sky News and CNN, and whose writing has been published by The Guardian, Telegraph and New York Times. The co-founder and director of Inspire, a counter-extremism and human rights organisation, Sara was selected as one of BBC Woman’s Hour Power List: Top 10 Influencers in 2015.
Tony McMahon is an independent consultant working with the UK Government and civil society groups on counter-extremism projects. For the last fifteen years, he has advised Government, global companies and community groups on communications strategies. He is a former Financial Times magazine news editor and BBC news producer.