Maajid Nawaz (born 1978) is a British activist, author and politician. He was the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for London's Hampstead and Kilburn constituency in the 2015 General Election. He is also the co-founder and chairman of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank that seeks to challenge the narratives of Islamist extremists.
Maajid is a former member of the radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. This association led to his arrest in Egypt in December 2001, where he remained imprisoned until 2006. Reading books on Human Rights and interacting with Amnesty International - which adopted him as a Prisoner of conscience - resulted in a change of heart; leading Maajid to leave Hizb-ut-Tahrir in 2007, renounce his Islamist past and call for a “Secular Islam”. He co-founded Quilliam with former activists from radical Islamist organizations, including Ed Husain. He documented his life story in his autobiography Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism.
Since founding Quilliam, Maajid has risen to become a prominent critic of Islamism in the United Kingdom. He is a regular op-ed contributor, debater and public commenter, and has spoken from various international platforms including United States Congress and TED. His next book, Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue, is a collaboration with neuroscientist Sam Harris and is due to be published in October 2015...
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