A Long Jihad My Quest For The Middle Way
By Muhammad Abdul Bari
Paperback 312 Pages
ISBN : 9781847741172
Publisher : Kube Publishing, UK
About The Book
In an era of fanaticism and polarization, Dr Bari’s life is an example of a prominent Western Muslim rejecting extremes and finding balance.
In this memoir, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari asks us to look beyond the extremism and violence that all too often defines the Muslim community toward those, like himself, navigating a middle-way life. A path defined in Islam as the “natural way,” far away from the cliff of radicalisation that threatens to harm others.
Through his personal journey as an Air Force officer in Bangladesh to the leader of the Muslim Council of Britain during the ill-advised War on Terror and beyond, Muhammad’s proud and reassuring reflections on being a Western Muslim come to light: the importance of community engagement, civic responsibility, and what it means to live a good life.
In articulating his positions Muhammad Abdul Bari offers Muslims, and everybody else, guidance on going forward as engaged, confident individuals, down a path that rejects radical views and seeks to stay in the centre, living a life of moderation that is, as the Qur’an says, “justly balanced.”
About The Author
Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari is an educationalist and community activist holding a PhD and PGCE from King’s College London and a Management degree from the Open University. He has worked as an Air Force Officer, researcher in physics, science teacher and a behavior support teacher.
He was Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (2006-10), Chairman of the East London Mosque Trust (2002-13) and a board member of the London Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee (2006-13). He writes on community and social issues and has authored several books on Muslim family, parenting and identity.
He is the founder of Amana Parenting and Head2Heart (a socio-political forum). He is married and is father of four.
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