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Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here

Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune (Author)

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

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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • December 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-393-35025-8
  • 5.6 × 8.2 in / 448 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Very necessary.” — Times Higher Education

“Extraordinary.” — Daily Beast

“Stirring and urgent.” — Boston Globe

“Diligent, passionate and convincing.” — Economist

“"Bennoune offers a compelling, meticulously researched account..."” — Guardian Weekly

“"Bennoune has written a very necessary book indeed, and it is to be hoped that it will find the widest audience possible."” — Times Higher Education

“"Should be required reading."” — The Washington Post

“A must read for anyone interested in current affairs.” — New York Journal of Books

“Fascinating and often heartbreaking.” — Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times

“A compelling, meticulously researched account. . . . Required reading.” — Rachel Newcomb, Washington Post

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