Author(s): Karima Bennoune
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.
Karima Bennoune's book is the clearest, shrewdest, and most vivid journalistic account of the struggle over Islamism that I have ever read. Are you a liberal? A conservative? A champion of human rights? This book will open your eyes. Do you already consider yourself an expert? This book will sharpen your thinking. --Paul Berman, author of "Terror and Liberalism" and "The Flight of the Intellectuals"
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.