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Maajid Nawaz: From 'exporting extremism' to challenging those trying to impose Islam on others
by Susan Cheong
As a young student, Maajid Nawaz was into hip-hop and enjoyed the vibrant social scene in his hometown of Essex.
"I was dancing in clubs. I was an MC, very well integrated at school... I had a very outgoing teenage period," he said.
Born in Southend in 1978 to parents of Pakistani origin, his family spoke English at home and religion played a minimal role in his upbringing.
"My dad tried to take me to the mosque maybe once or twice and by the end of it, I told him I didn't like it," he said.
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