The Youth of God
Written by Hassan Ghedi Santur
The Youth of God tells the story of Nuur, a sensitive and religious 17-year-old Somali-Canadian boy who becomes radicalised by the teachings of Imam Yusuf at the local mosque in a neighbourhood in Toronto called Dixon that has become synonymous with crime, unemployment, and the broken dreams of many Somali immigrants. Trying to rescue Nuur from Islamic radicalism is his Somali biology teacher, Mr Ilmi. Through the story of this one boy, the novel dramatises the struggle for the soul of Islam.