Hurst will publish journalist Hussein Kesvani’s debut, Follow Me, Akhi, about how young Muslims use the internet to determine their religious identity.
The book explores how young Muslims in Britain are using the internet to determine their own religious identity, both within their communities and as part of the country they live in, the synopsis reads. Entering a world of Muslim dating apps, social media influencers, online preachers, and LGBTQ and ex-Muslim groups, Kesvani explores how British Islam has evolved into a multidimensional cultural identity that goes well beyond the confines of the mosque.
Publisher and Hurst m.d. Michael Dwyer acquired world rights directly from the author.
Kesvani is a journalist, editor and producer based in London. He is the Europe editor of MEL magazine, and has written for BuzzFeed, Vice, the Guardian, the New Statesman and the Spectator among others.
Dwyer said of the deal: "Hussein Kesvani is one of the most daring yet sure-footed reporters investigating British Muslim society. His knowledge of the online life of young British Muslims is unparalleled and he writes with a beguiling mixture of empathy and wit about the stories he uncovers."
Follow Me, Akhi will be published May 2019.