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Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here

Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune



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26 August 2013
Religion & beliefs; Islam; Islamic studies; Religious & theocratic ideologies
Karima Bennoune interviewed journalists, doctors, musicians, museum curators, lawyers, street vendors and women's rights activists, among others, in her three-year investigation of opposition to the rising tide of Muslim fundamentalism from Lahore to Minneapolis. Her subjects' own religious views range from the wholly secular to the deeply devout, yet all bear painful witness to the brutal effects of fundamentalist violence and oppression. Defenders of freedom, they struggle to foster creativity, compassion, discussion and diversity even sometimes in the face of death threats (and more than threats) from armed religious militants. Yet, some of these vibrant, engaging and heroic people also suffer from the consequences of counterterrorism.
By:   Karima Bennoune
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 168mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   739g
ISBN:   9780393081589
ISBN 10:   0393081583
Pages:   402
Publication Date:   26 August 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

With twenty years of research and activism in human rights, Karima Bennoune is a professor of law at the University of California-Davis School of Law. She grew up in Algeria and the United States.

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

Starred review. Her interviews sear with passion as her subjects deconstruct false views of Islam and inaccurate readings of the Qur'an. Again and again, Bennoune shines a spotlight on those who battle with intelligence and creativity against guns and bloodlust. She has created a significant and compelling record of modern life in which she spares no one, from the right wing to the left.

  • Winner of Dayton Literary Peace Prize (Nonfiction) 2014

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