We are delighted to announce the acquisition of The Battle for British Islam by human rights campaigner Sara Khan.
Selected as one of BBC Woman’s Hour Top 10 Influencers in 2015, Sara Khan is the co-founder of Inspire, a woman’s rights and counter-extremism organisation. She has spent the last twenty years campaigning for tolerance and equal rights within Muslim communities, and is now fighting one of the key fronts in the battle against Islamist inspired extremism – the war of ideas.
This urgent and courageous book will uncover how IS has lured British teenagers from all walks of life and allow us to hear directly from the young men and women who have been radicalised.
Offering new approaches in areas from education to the courts and youth engagement, Sara Khan will outline how to break the cycle of extremism without alienating British Muslims, and will also challenge the responses of the establishment and its failure to engage with British Muslims effectively in order to make our communities more resilient.
Lynn Gaspard, publisher at Saqi, acquired world rights from FRA literary agency.
“Sara is a brave, selfless campaigner. In this book, she speaks to some of the men and women who make up Britain’s 2.7 million Muslims and offers a forensic examination of the state of Islam in the country today. At a time when we are left mystified by the departure of hundreds of Britons to join IS in Syria and Iraq, Sara Khan offers much needed clarity. This book will be essential reading for anybody trying to understand the current crisis facing British Islam.”
The Battle for British Islam by Sara Khan, with Tony McMahon will be published in the UK in September 2016.
**Read the Guardian longread, ‘It’s up to us to stop these Muslim girls making the worst mistake of their lives’, to find out more about Sara Khan and her work over the past few years.