Al-Britannia, My Country
Author(s): James Fergusson
Reviewed by: Haroon Sidat, PhD Candidate, Cardiff University
This book is a refreshing addition to the burst of literature currently being published on Muslims in Britain. Written in an engaging yet lucid manner, the author, a journalist who has spent more than twenty years reporting on Muslims in some of the most troubled parts of the world, turns the gaze on Muslims at home. Acknowledging that the sheer complexity of the Muslim population is impossible to capture, and that there exists much negativity surrounding Muslims, the author undertakes a personal journey of discovery. This book is a must for everyone with an interest in understanding Muslims in modern Britain, especially those involved in policy making. The author begins his search for the oft-repeated non-violent extremist by visiting Dewsbury, a town renowned for producing a disproportionate number of terrorists. The town is not far from the site where the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, was stabbed and shot to death by someone who....