Life Is More Beautiful Than Paradise: A Jihadist's Own Story (Paperback)

Life Is More Beautiful Than Paradise: A Jihadist's Own Story By Khaled Al-Berry, Humphrey Davies (Translator) Cover Image
By Khaled Al-Berry, Humphrey Davies (Translator)
Not in stock. Available To Order.


An autobiographical account of a young man's journey into extremism

In 1986, when this memoir opens, Khaled al-Berry is a typical fourteen-year-old boy in Asyut in Upper Egypt. Soon, his love of soccer draws him into the orbit of members of a radical Islamist group, university students from the surrounding countryside who play the game regularly on a pitch near his home. Attracted at first by the image of the group as "strong Muslims," al-Berry's involvement develops until he finds himself deeply committed to its beliefs and implicated in its activities. This ends when, in his third year at university, he is arrested on campus by the police and thrown in jail. His experience of confinement and a return to life on the outside lead to his eventual alienation from radical Islam.

Vulnerable, searingly honest, gripping, and often funny, this tale of one man's journey to the edge of radicalism and back also gives critical and intelligent insight into an Islamist movement's debates, preoccupations, motives, and intentions.

About the Author

Khaled al-Berry currently resides in London.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781617979651
ISBN-10: 1617979651
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Pages: 208
Language: English