Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain

Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain

by RagehOmaar (Author)


A Muslim boy goes to a madrassa in Mogadishu to learn the Koran. His parents take him on two pilgrimages to Mecca. He arrives in Britain as a child just as Somalia collapses into a state of civil war, which will continue throughout his childhood and prevent him from going home. He watches Black Hawk Down in horror. He watches the invasion of Iraq in disbelief. To the media, government and general public, this is the classic background story to the most feared figure of our times: the young, male, black, British, Muslim. It is also the story of Rageh Omaar's childhood. Rageh Omaar's unique and profoundly moving book is the story of his childhood in Somalia, his family's attitude to religion, his double life as a British Muslim and that of other British Muslims: the failed suicide bomber from Somalia; his cousin who was stabbed in the neck on a London street on 8th July 2005. Full of humanity and rage, empathy and insight, "Only Half of Me" takes us into lives that are widely misunderstood, and tries to make sense of our own fractured world.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Publisher: Viking
Published: 30 May 2006

ISBN 10: 0670915092
ISBN 13: 9780670915095

Author Bio
Rageh Omaar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1967.He began his career in the Africa Service of the BBC World Service. From 2001-2003 he was BBC TV News Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg. He was BBC TV's main correspondent in Baghdad during the Iraq war. He won an Emma award for best TV journalist in 2002 and 2003. He lives in London with his wife and two children.