How prison transformed a radical Islamist
Maajid Nawaz is a self-described former Islamic extremist. However, a five-year spell in an Egyptian prison gave him time to reflect.
Mr Nawaz told Tom Elliott about his childhood as part of radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, and subsequent attempts to counter extremism.
‘It was a five-year process through prison. I had the opportunity to study, read, and debate,’ Mr Nawaz said.
‘I am responsible for my past actions, and that’s why I committed myself to challenging extremism.
‘Ultimately, I like to think I grew up.’
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Maajid Nawaz is speaking on Friday at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.