An author special with Fatima Bhutto on radicalism & what the West doesn’t understand about ISIS

*** PLEASE NOTE: This episode was recorded several days before it was announced that Shamima Begum's baby had died, which is why it is not discussed in this episode ***

This is one of the most important - and certainly prescient - author specials we’ve ever had. The journalist and author Fatima Bhutto (the niece and granddaughter of two Pakistani Prime Ministers and the daughter of a political exile) joins us to discuss her new novel, The Runaways, about the radicalisation of 3 teenagers. As the Shamima Begum - and now Hoda Muthana - citizenship furore gains momentum, we discuss what lures teenagers to the Islamic State, what the West doesn’t understand about radicalisation and the problem with pitting the East, and West against one another. As Fatima says, “who decided that freedom is a Western value? Or that tolerance is a Western value? Why can’t it be an Eastern value, too?” 

The Runaways, by Fatima Bhutto

Shamima Begum’s image problem, by Caitlin Moran for The Times

Rukmini Callimachi’s tweet series on Hoda Muthana

Meatmarket, by Juno Dawson (out May 2019)

Fleabag Series 2, on BBC iPlayer now 

Documentary about The Ponds

Whatever Happened To Rachel - One From The Vaults

Three Identical Strangers

The Marianne Faithfull story

Jim Nicholson remembered on Fresh Air


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