Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims (Paperback)Hussein Kesvani (author)
Longlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2020
What does it mean to be Muslim in Britain today?
If the media is anything to go by, it has something to do with mosques, community leaders, whether you wear a veil, and your views on religious extremists. But as all our lives become increasingly entwined with our online presence, British Islam has evolved into a multidimensional cultural identity that goes well beyond the confines of the mosque.
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 206
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
‘Deeply researched, surprising and considerate. It portrays the online world of British Muslims as diverse, rich and fraught – but above all else innovative, exciting and criminally under-reported.’ - New Statesman
‘Covers everyone from gamers to Isis fighters, women’s groups to YouTube debaters. … The book’s scope is impressive.’ — The i Newspaper
‘Follow Me, Akhi provides an important first case study into the struggles of British Islamic identity, exploring how a new generation of young Muslims are using the internet to determine identity on their own terms.’ - i-D
‘A fascinating and compelling look at the impact of the internet on the lives of British Muslims. Kesvani is a funny, passionate and wise narrator, and his book is a brilliant meditation on how our online selves shape our mores and identities.’ — Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant
‘A superbly engaging book, unparalleled in its urgency and insight. Not only has Kesvani taken a forensic look at the online lives of British Muslims, but he has also crafted a terminology with which to speak about a culturally significant moment in British history.’ - Guy Gunaratne, author of In Our Mad and Furious City
‘Kesvani’s personal quest is relentlessly curious as well as compassionate. This book gives us an unparalleled insight into the digital lives of young Muslims in Britain today.’ - Shelina Janmohamed, author of Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World
'Follow me, Akhi provides an enthusiastic demonstration of how religioun and digital democracy can coexsist in the pursuit of an informed and liberal ideology.' - The Observer
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