Ed Husain (born 25 December 1975 in London) is the pen name of the British writer Mohammed Mahbub Hussain, author of "The Islamist", an account of his five years as an Islamist activist.
Personal life, education, and career
Husain's father and mother were born in India. He grew up in the Limehouse area of London where there is a large Bengali community. Hussain attended Sir William Borough School, Stepney Green School, Tower Hamlets College and Newham College of Further Education. He later worked for HSBC and the British Council in Saudi Arabia and Syria before enrolling at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He later joined the Labour Party.
Husain studied Arabic at the University of Damascus and has completed an MA in Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is currently enrolled at the School's PhD programme in Political Science.
Husain is Deputy Director of the Quilliam Foundation [ [http://www.quilliamfoundation.org/People.htm Quilliam Foundation] ] which describes itself as "a specialist think tank and campaign group that believes that Western Muslims should revive Western Islam, our Andalusian heritage of pluralism and respect, and thereby find harmony in West-Islam relations." [ [http://www.quilliamfoundation.org/AboutUs.htm Quilliam Foundation, about us] ] He is also a visiting fellow at the think-tank Civitas. [ [http://westminsterjournal.com/content/view/123/75/ Westminster Journal] ]
Husain states that he was associated with Jamaat-e-Islami, East London Mosque, [http://www.ymouk.com/ Young Muslims Organisation] , Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Islamic Society of Britain, in the early 1990s, when in his teens. Husain now strongly criticizes these groups. Hizb-ut-Tahrir has denied that he was a member. [interview broadcast by CNN on May 3, 2007]
Husain supports a liberal interpretation of Islamic jurisprudence, following in this regard scholars such as Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah, who gave the Islamic verdict that women who converted to Islam should be allowed to stay married to their non Muslim husbands in preference to forming relationships outside of marriage. In an interview [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/02/world/europe/02husain.html?_r=1&pagewanted=2&ei=5087%0A&em&en=ef59bd95605c9bd4&ex=1180929600&oref=slogin interview] ] in the "New York Times", Husain said,
In traditional circles, Muslim women are not allowed to marry non-Muslim men...But in a pluralistic world in 2007, where non-Muslim men and Muslim women are marrying, you can't say, 'You can’t do that.'
Husain also questions Islamist teaching in relation to the Caliphate
But 'the state' is not a rukn of the deen (as stated also by Shaykh Abdullah bin Bayyah and Mufti Ali Goma, who stated there are other forms of government that Muslims can accept). An individual can remain a firm believer, a mutadayyin, without the imam and the jama'ah. [ [http://www.deenport.com/iframes/viewtopic.php?topicurl=viewtopic.php?t=16081&sid=cc0c39864624f4449f8bbce6b817570f arguing] ]
Husain has also explained that he believes Muslim society is in need of change. In an interview with "Time Out", he said:
As I left extremism I realised that if you are born here and grow up here, then you belong here. The Islam that was preached 2,000 years ago isn’t going to work here in modern London. Muslims need to alter their lifestyles to a Western lifestyle. To criticise is not Islamaphobic. It's about opposing certain ideas. [ [http://www.timeout.com/london/features/2872.html Time Out London: 'Islamic extremists in the East End'] ]
Husain is a member of the Labour Party.
In "The Islamist", Husain describes how he became an Islamic fundamentalist at the age of 16. He explains that,
Five years later, after much emotional turmoil, I rejected fundamentalist teachings and returned to normal life and my family.
Husain says that his book explains
the appeal of extremist thought, how fanatics penetrate Muslim communities and the truth behind their agenda of subverting the West and moderate Islam.
The book was shortlisted for the 2008 Orwell Prize
for political writing. [ [http://www.theorwellprize.co.uk/the-award/short-books.aspx?year=294 "Shortlist 2008"] , The Orwell Prize
Praise and criticism
Husain's book has been "highly acclaimed" and received positive reviews from "The Guardian", [ [http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/politicsphilosophyandsociety/story/0,,2078103,00.html We were the brothers, Saturday May 12, 2007] ] [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2071237,00.html Why should we have to justify ourselves to the people who want to bomb us? Thursday May 3, 2007] ] "The Times" [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article1685725.ece April 21, 2007, Rediscovering a kinder, gentler Islam] ] —which ran run two weeks’ worth of extracts [ [http://thetranslators1.wordpress.com/2007/05/21/review-of-%e2%80%9cthe-islamist%e2%80%9d-ust-andrew-booso-complete/ Review of “The Islamist” : Ust. Andrew Booso [complete] May 21, 2007] ] —and the"International Herald Tribune". [ [http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/06/01/news/profile.php Ex-radical turns to Islam of tolerance By Jane Perlez, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, Published: June 1, 2007] ] Other sources such as the Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, [ [http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/taji_mustafa/2007/05/the_islamist_bogeyman.html "The 'Islamist' bogeyman" by Taji Mustafa, executive committee of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain] ] the Salafimanhaj.com website, [ [http://www.salafimanhaj.com/pdf/SalafiManhaj_Eddie The Charade of Ed Husain, Necon, Blairite author of the Islamist] ] and the Muslim Council of Britain [ [http://www.mcb.org.uk/library/article_24-05-07.php Review of the Islamist by Inayat Bunglawala, The Muslim Council of Britain] ] have made strong criticism, alleging inaccuracy and flawed analysis by Husain. The text has been supported by former Islamists such as Maajid Nawaz and others, however.
The "Daily Mail" columnist Melanie Phillips has described Husain as a "brave Muslim". [ [http://www.melaniephillips.com/diary/?p=1505 Melanie Phillips’s Diary » Another brave Muslim speaks up] ] Guardian columnist Seamus Milne has called Husain a "British neocon pinup boy". [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2118959,00.html Denial of the link with Iraq is delusional and dangerous] ] Another "Guardian" columnist, Denis Macshane, calls him and the new Quilliam Foundation "precisely the kind of witness to truth about evil that the left should embrace, not reject." [ [http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/denis_macshane/2008/04/not_always_right.html Not always right | Comment is free]
Guardian columnist Seamus Milne has called Husain a "British neocon pinup boy". [ [http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2118959,00.html Denial of the link with Iraq is delusional and dangerous] ] The journalist Ziauddin Sardar has called Husain's "critical faculties ... conspicuously absent", arguing that his case is far more atypical than Husain claims, as "young Muslims are no more likely to join Hizb ut-Tahrir than young Christians are to join the Moonies." Sardar "suspects" Husain "wants everyone" in Muslim organisations "locked up, leaving the terrain open for his brand of neocons to run amok." [ [http://arts.independent.co.uk/books/reviews/article2600334.ece The Islamist by Ed Husain] , "The Independent", 1 June 2007]
The Muslim writer Andrew Booso "salutes" Husain for spending "so much of his time and energy" on the problem of "extremism" in the Muslim community, but criticizes Husain for showing "a serious inadequacy of knowledge regarding theology and Sacred Law as expounded by the masters through the ages." [ [http://thetranslators1.wordpress.com/2007/05/21/review-of-%e2%80%9cthe-islamist%e2%80%9d-ust-andrew-booso-complete/ Review of “The Islamist”] : Ust. Andrew Booso [complete « The Translators] He has also been criticized by the Muslim Council of Britain for supporting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. [ [http://www.mcb.org.uk/library/article_24-05-07.php Muslim Council of Britain, "The Islamist", by Ed Husain, Penguin, 2007, pp 288 ] ]
He has also been criticized for declining the opportunity to challenge a member of Hizb ut-Tahrir live on air, on BBC's "World Have Your Say" programme saying that he did not want to give a platform to Islamists. [ [http://worldhaveyoursay.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/are-there-some-people-we-shouldnt-invite-onto-whys/ Are there some people we shouldn't invite onto World Have Your Say?] ]
* "The Islamist" (2007)
*East London Mosque
* "The Islamist" - [http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780141030432,00.html Penguin Books]
* [http://ummahpulse.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=388&Itemid=71 Ed Husain and Maajid Nawaz in the Quilliam Foundation]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldhaveyoursay/2007/04/kumi_naidoo_and_ed_husian.html BBC World Have Your Say with Ed Husain]
* [http://www.salafimanhaj.com/pdf/SalafiManhaj_Eddie The Charade of Ed Husain]
* [http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/cnn_freevideo/~3/113795673/index.html CNN Interview with Ed Husain (Video)]
* [http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/seumas_milne/2008/04/all_mod_cons.html All mod cons]
* [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0705/04/cnr.02.html CNN Interview Transcripts]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/apr/24/islam.religion To lionise former extremists feeds anti-Muslim prejudice]
* [http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/taji_mustafa/2007/05/the_islamist_bogeyman.html "The 'Islamist' bogeyman" by Taji Mustafa, executive committee of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain]
* [http://theislamicist.wordpress.com/ Satire of Ed Husain]
* [http://www.salafimanhaj.com/pdf/SalafiManhaj_Saudi.pdf Does Saudi Arabia Preach Intolerance in the UK?]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/02/islam.religion1 The Quilliam take on Islam: fascinating but flawed]
* [http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/jul/17/islam.race Promotion of clients and stooges will get us nowhere]
Источник: Ed Husain