The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain (Hardback)Sayeeda Warsi (author)
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'Hard headed, well informed and intellectually coherent ... it turns conventional wisdom on its head. It deserves to promote a public debate on this subject which has been needed for more than 20 years' Peter Oborne
Britain has often found groups within its borders whom it does not trust, whom it feels have a belief, culture, practice or agenda which runs contrary to those of the majority. From Catholics to Jews, miners to trade unionists , Marxists to liberals and even homosexuals, all have at times been viewed, described and treated as 'the enemy within'. Muslims are the latest in a long line of 'others' to be given this label.
How did this state of affairs come to pass? What are the lessons and challenges for the future - and how will the tale of Muslim Britain develop? Sayeeda Warsi draws on her own unique position in British life, as the child of Pakistani immigrants, an outsider, who became an insider, the UK's first Muslim Cabinet minister, to explore questions of cultural difference, terrorism, surveillance, social justice, religious freedom, integration and the meaning of 'British values'.
Uncompromising and outspoken, filled with arguments, real-life experience, necessary truths and possible ways forward for Muslims, politicians and the rest of us, this is a timely and urgent book.
'This thoughtful and passionate book offers hope amid the gloom' David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
'A vital book at a critical time' Helena Kennedy QC
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 670 g
Dimensions: 241 x 158 x 37 mm
Forthright and intelligent ... By tackling the "Muslim problem" head on, Lady Warsi has added to her accomplishments the feat of speaking truth to power ... It is as enjoyable to read about her devout, enlightened mother as about the pivotal points in her political career ... Thrilling and satisfying -- Leila Aboulela * Guardian *
The Enemy Within is such a comprehensive analysis it should be on the school syllabus as seminal ... It is only through the likes of Sayeeda Warsi that the UK stands any chance of establishing the social cohesion it needs with its Muslim population -- Sir Alan Duncan
Eloquent ... Calm and clever reflection -- Andrew Marr
Uniquely insightful -- Tim Shipman * Sunday Times *
A unique perspective on British multiculturalism -- Afua Hirsch * Guardian *
The Enemy Within is vital reading for decision-makers in Whitehall and Fleet Street. It shows that we need more of the quality that terrorists signally lack: empathy with those different from ourselves -- Sameer Rahim * Telegraph *
A hard headed, well-informed and intellectually coherent analysis of policy towards British Islam. Much of what Baroness Warsi reveals is deeply shocking. Again and again it turns conventional wisdom on its head. It deserves to promote a public debate on this subject which has been needed for more than 20 years -- Peter Oborne
Timely and thoughtful -- Jenni Russell * Sunday Times *
[Warsi is] a trailblazer ... [She] writes with conviction * Spectator *
Sayeeda Warsi's integrity, intelligence and deep understanding of the challenges confronting the Muslim communities, the government and wider society make this a politically charged and invigorating read. A vital book at a critical time -- Helena Kennedy QC
Sayeeda Warsi traces the recent travails of British Islam through her own remarkable journey from a working-class childhood in Yorkshire to a seat at the Cabinet table. She is an unsparing critic, whether of Muslims who practise intolerance or media-driven politicians who find virtue in "non-engagement". But the conclusion of this thoughtful and passionate book offers hope amid the gloom: with fresh policies and a dash of courage, the beast of division can be starved, and Britain strengthened to make its way in the world -- David Anderson QC, Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation
The book is a masterpiece of fine writing and wisdom. It is timely and much needed in rebutting the myths and fears that spread Islamophobia. It reaffirms the values of equal citizenship, free speech and the rule of law in our multicultural society. It is a wake-up call and a manifesto for politicians and media in combatting religious and racial discrimination -- Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC
Compelling brave and honest -- Shazia Awan (Broadcaster and Activist)
The Enemy Within has a refreshingly balanced approach - constructive critique of Muslim communities and government - and workable recommendations -- Salma Yaqoob
Engaging , thought provoking and a must read book by a trailblazer -- Qari Asim (Leading UK Imaam and Member of HM Government's Sharia Review)
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