Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism [Hardcover]
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I bought Ms. Bennoune's book and was not disappointed. The stories were deeply moving and shined a light on a struggle that brave, everyday people from all walks of life are fighting in order to defeat the terror of violence that is the calling card of radical fundamentalism. The book is poetic, historical and deeply moving. I recommend putting "Your Fatwa Does Not Apply here" on your must read reading list.
It is both voice from within (Algeria) and from the outside (US).
She was enraged by the blindness of the human-rights establishment .... [The author] "profiles dozens of poets, journalists, artists and average Muslims who resist Islamism, often at great personal cost and with scant support from Western liberals"....
"Her father was a prominent intellectual and opponent of the ruling military regime in Algiers. Yet he also dared to teach Darwin at the height of the country's Islamist insurgency in the 1990s. He survived death threats from armed Islamists, but others weren't so lucky." ...
"The book feels overlong and disjointed" .... "Conceptually, she fails to distinguish between religious traditionalism in liberal-democratic countries, such as the U.S. and Israel, and the organized, global, illiberal menace of radical Islam" ....
"Still, we should be grateful that [the author] is willing to proclaim, from within the progressive academy: `I think when we talk about Muslim fundamentalism, we have to actually talk about it. It exists. It gravely menaces the human rights of people of Muslim heritage.'"
So too for this chronicle of feminist struggle against religious and cultural burgeoning oppression in predominantly Muslim countries. Yet an oveerarching structure escaped me amidst the drum beat of distress.
A confession: I could not read more than half-way through. Perhaps this abandonment traces to depression over a moral terrorism in the United States that would deny health care and has cut food aid to the needy. How many professed Christians match Muslims in zagat, the injunction on charitable giving?
What might have hooked me earlier? A break from the blizzard of acronyms for some historical perspective on "fatwas" amongst the different sects of Islam. So bleak.