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What happens when a nice Muslim Australian boy considers joining the jihad in Afghanistan? Irfan Yusuf grew up in John Winston Howard's electorate in the leafy suburbs of Sydney. He should have been thinking about girls and cars, but instead became convinced he should die for a Muslim cause. And in the process he discovered he couldn't learn the Koran from boofy-headed blokes brandishing sticks, and he couldn't quite stomach extra-halal meat killed on an uncle's farm. Once Were Radicals is a hilarious, irreverent memoir of cultural confusions, community politics and outright mischief making - with a deeper message.
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AcknowledgementsPrologue1 Cultural Islam and spicy pilgrimages2 Karachi culture shock3 Jewish brothers and Bollywood love4 Theology without scars5 Faiths, doubts and politics6 The Islamic industry and the Holy Trinity7 Discovering Islam and jihad8 The three non-Anglican musketeers9 Becoming and unbecoming a hijab messenger10 Fatwas and fanatical uncles11 Putting political Islam into practice... well, sort of12 Final flirtations with political IslamEpilogue Glossary Further reading

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Irfan Yusuf is a lawyer and freelance commentator who regularly writes for newspapers and online media on issues relating to Muslim communities and cultures. Winner of the 2007 Iremonger Award for Writing on Public Issues

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