Khaled al-Berry, author of Life is More Beautiful Than Paradise, has an interview airing today on BBC World about his time in the Jama’a Islamiya (and, I assume, about his book?).
Life is More Beautiful Than Paradise is a lovely, clear-sighted memoir about al-Berry’s adolescent years. It illuminates the attractions of Islamist groups, the sectarian tensions in upper Egypt, and has some moving moments inside an Egyptian prison. It’s hard for me to understand why it hasn’t gotten more press.