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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