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Professor Karima Bennoune presents "Untold Stories: Resisting Religious Extremism"

Wednesday, September 18

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, King Hall room 1001
6:15 PM – 7:30 PM

"Untold Stories: Resisting Religious Extremism"

Presented by Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Registration 6:15PM
Program 6:30-7:30PM

Students and Members: Free
Non Members: $5 Donation Recommended

Location: UC Davis School of Law, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, room 1001
               400 Mrak Hall Circle, Davis, CA 95616

In Lahore, Pakistan, Faizan Peerzada resisted being relegated to a "dark corner" by staging a performing arts festival despite bomb attacks.  In Senegal, wheelchair user Aïssatou 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 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.

A veteran of twenty years of human rights research and activism and author of a new book, "Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here," Karima Bennoune draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews to illuminate the inspiring stories of those who represent one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide.

Parking available in the Mondavi Parking Structure $8 and meters outside School of Law

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Sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Northern California, Human Rights, Sacramento Chapter
Co-Sponsored by the UC Davis School of Law