Frontpage Interview's guest today is Abigail Esman, an award-winning author and journalist who has written extensively about Islam in the West for various international publications, including The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Salon.com, WorldDefenseReview.com and Forbes.com. Also an art critic, she is a contributing editor at Art + Auction magazine and the author and coauthor of books on art and contemporary culture. She worked with Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the project that ultimately became the film "Submission," (originally planned as an art exhibition). She has been called "one of the best writers we have when it comes to jihadism in Europe." Her new book is Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West.
FP: Abigail Esman, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Congratulations on your new book.
Let's begin with what inspired you to write it.
Esman: Thank you Jamie for having me here. It's good to be back at Frontpage.
In many ways, my book wrote itself. It is as much memoir as it is political expose, and so much of it simply came out of living in the Netherlands over the past twenty years, witnessing the changes, being alert to what was happening in the Muslim community and the way Holland had, at first, ignored it, and then began to confront the problems that so many had so long pretended weren't there.