Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

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W. W. Norton & Company, Aug 26, 2013 - Political Science - 402 pages
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Eye-opening accounts of heroic resistance to religious extremism.

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 Cissť 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.

 

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Review: Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

User Review  - Mizzou - Goodreads

What a remarkable book! It's no surprise it was chosen the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for 2014 in the Non-fiction category. Ms. Bennoune spent several years visiting various countries ... Read full review

Review: Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

User Review  - Connie Hall - Goodreads

These stories are so important for us to know about but it is lengthy and rather challenging to read. I skimmed quite a bit. I value this book for its purpose; we never hear about the members of the Muslim community who are fighting, often with great sacrifice, Muslim extremism. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
H A P T E R O N
30
CHAPTER
62
CHAPTER THREE
81
H A P T E R F O U
126
CHAPTER FIVE
156
CHAPTER
190
CHAPTER SEVEN
215
CHAPTER EIGHT
234
H A P T E R N N
268
H A P T E R T E
299
CHAPTER ELEVEN
313
Raise Your Voice While Singing Is Still Possible
330
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About the author (2013)

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.

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