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

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

Authors

Karima Bennoune

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Book

Description

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.

Publication Date

2013

Publisher

W. W. Norton

City

New York

State

NY

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2014 Nonfiction Winner

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | History | Nonfiction

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

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