Once in Pakistan, I had to interview some students while in the corner of the room played a videotape of the gruesome murder and decapitation of the American journalist Daniel Pearl. The boys I was speaking to were between seven to ten years of age, and were smiling and laughing … I tried to look away as long as I could, resisting the urge to puke.
Farish A Noor, academic, activist, traveller extraordinaire, visits, lives and interviews students (and others) in ‘jihad factory' madrasahs (Islamic seminaries) from Patani to Pakistan, and from Kashmir to Cairo.
Although he writes with his sense of humour firmly in place throughout, that does not obscure the seriousness of the subject. Is the world ready for some truth?