A Very British Muslim Activist: The life of Ghayasuddin Siddiqui


This richly written, frank, part-satirical and highly accessible account of one man’s journey brings to life a moment in time. Each generation faces new challenges, but history turns in cycles. This book is a treasure trove of lessons, losses and small wins. Wisdom in troubled times.

The hidden beauty in A Very British Muslim Activist is that Ghayasuddin shows us that whatever we may be or whomever we may appear to be, this is not destiny, but something fluid, changeable in an instant, and something we should all work hard to cultivate as he did. Sometimes that requires asking for forgiveness, or dishing out some forgiveness for others. Other times, it just requires helping each other out.

Please note this is a special edition which includes some colour photographs. The standard  version available on Amazon and other retailers (at rrp £12.95) contains black and white photographs only.
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From the horrors of partition to the migration to Pakistan to a new chapter in Britain, this book is a journey that spans geography, history and politics. How does a young boy from a small village in India become a leader of British Muslims? What does rubbing shoulders with the likes of Malcolm X, Muhammed Ali, Ayatullah Khomeini and Tony Blair do to you? From establishing early Muslim student politics in the UK, to being in the eye of the storm over the Satanic Verses, to the creation of institutions as diverse as the Muslim Institute, the Muslim Parliament of Great Britain, Stop the War Coalition and the Halal Food Authority, this is the inside story of an activist. It is also a story of British Islam itself.

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