Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here by Karima Bennoune
Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

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...now she has come out with a spunky, feisty collection of essays that seeks to tell an intensely personal and exhaustively researched story of how people of Muslim heritage are courageously fighting Muslim fundamentalism across the world.
-NY Journal of Books

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With a new afterword. “Compelling, meticulously researched. Should be required reading.”—Washington Post


In Lahore, Pakistan, Faizan Peerzada resisted being relegated to a “dark corner” by staging a performing arts festival despite bomb attacks. In Senegal, wheelchair-bound Aissatou Cissé produced a comic book to illustrate the injustices faced by disabled women and girls. In Algeria, publisher Omar Belhouchet and his journalists struggled to put out their paper, El Watan (The Nation), the same night that a 1996 jihadist bombing devastated their offices and killed eighteen of their colleagues. In Afghanistan, Young Women for Change took to the streets of Kabul to denounce sexual harassment, undeterred by threats. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Abdirizak Bihi organized a Ramadan basketball tournament among Somali refugees to counter the influence of Al Shabaab. From Karachi to Tunis, Kabul to Tehran, across the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and beyond, these trailblazers often risked death to combat the rising tide of fundamentalism within their own countries.

But this global community of writers, artists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, activists, and educators of Muslim heritage remains largely invisible, lost amid the heated coverage of Islamist terror attacks on one side and abuses perpetrated against suspected terrorists on the other.


A veteran of twenty years of human rights research and activism, Karima Bennoune draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews to illuminate the inspiring stories of those who represent one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide.

 

About Karima Bennoune

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Karima Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California–Davis School of Law. She grew up in Algeria and the United States and now lives in northern California.
 
Published August 26, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 417 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 22 2013

Bennoune, and those she profiles, bravely meets the tide of extremism with a sense of shared community and nonviolent purpose.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Meenakshi Venkat on Aug 26 2013

...now she has come out with a spunky, feisty collection of essays that seeks to tell an intensely personal and exhaustively researched story of how people of Muslim heritage are courageously fighting Muslim fundamentalism across the world.

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by SOHRAB AHMARI on Sep 06 2013

Her gut-wrenching book...is meant as a wake-up call to her comrades on the left...The book feels overlong and disjointed, and Ms. Bennoune's literary flourishes usually flop, as when she writes that Gazans are "caught between the devil of Israel's siege and the deep blue sea of Muslim fundamentalism."

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Lorraine Ali on Sep 20 2013

Bennoune weaves their stories with her own extensive research and connects the countless narratives with plenty of her own opinions...

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The Economist

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Reviewed by The Economist on Aug 31 2013

She shows that most of the victims of violent fundamentalism are themselves Muslim. Her subjects are people who found dignity and meaning in Islam, often as part of a rich local culture, but who were branded as backsliders or apostates by an invasive species of zealotry.

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