My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist

My Friend the Fanatic Travels with a Radical Islamist A nation once synonymous with tolerance Indonesia the fourth most populated country in the world and its most populous Muslim country now finds itself in the midst of a profound shift toward radica

  • Title: My Friend the Fanatic: Travels with a Radical Islamist
  • Author: Sadanand Dhume
  • ISBN: 9781634504218
  • Page: 341
  • Format: Paperback
  • A nation once synonymous with tolerance, Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world and its most populous Muslim country, now finds itself in the midst of a profound shift toward radical Islam Sadanand Dhume, a Princeton educated Indian atheist with a fondness for literary fiction and an interest in economic development, travels across Indonesia to find outA nation once synonymous with tolerance, Indonesia, the fourth most populated country in the world and its most populous Muslim country, now finds itself in the midst of a profound shift toward radical Islam Sadanand Dhume, a Princeton educated Indian atheist with a fondness for literary fiction and an interest in economic development, travels across Indonesia to find out how a society goes from broad inclusiveness to outspoken intolerance in the space of a generation His traveling companion is Harry Nurdi, a young Islamist who hero worships the late Osama bin Laden and sympathizes with the Taliban Their travels span mosques and discotheques, prison cells and dormitories, sacred volcanoes and temple ruins Over time, they forge an uneasy friendship that offers a firsthand look into the crucible of radical Islam s future.With a new preface by the author detailing what has happened in Indonesia since the book s initial publication, My Friend the Fanatic is the story of an alternately disturbing, amusing, and poignant journey that illuminates one of the most pressing issues of our time.

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    About Author

    1. Sadanand Dhume is a writer and journalist based in Washington, DC His first book, My Friend the Fanatic Travels with an Indonesian Islamist, is published by Text Publishing in Australia, and by Skyhorse Publishing, an affiliate of W W Norton, in the United States.Part travelogue, part memoir, My Friend the Fanatic charts the rise of radical Islam in Indonesia, the world s most populous Muslim country and one long considered the least hospitable to any kind of religious fundamentalism.Between 1999 and 2004 Sadanand lived in Asia He served as India bureau chief of the Far Eastern Economic Review and as Indonesia correspondent of FEER and The Wall Street Journal Asia As a freelance writer he continues to contribute essays, op eds and reviews to FEER and WSJ, as well as to, among others, The Washington Post, Forbes, Commentary, YaleGlobal and Foreign Policy His television appearances include CNN, PBS, BBC World, Al Jazeera International, CNBC Asia and ABC Television he has also been interviewed by BBC World Service Radio, ABC Radio and ABC Radio Australia.

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    1. Very nicely written The narrative is brought out extremely well Without being too patronizing or too shallow, without the touch of judgement What stays with me is the manner in which the historical past was highlighted while describing the current affairs.


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