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News Posted on August 21, 2013

Professor Bennoune Authors Op-ed for New York Times on Fundamentalist Violence and Arab Spring

Professor Karima Bennoune has published an op-ed in "Room for Debate," a feature of the New York Times website.  Her essay appears as part of a set of pieces on the military crackdown in Egypt entitled "Is This the End of the Arab Spring?"

In her essay, "Activists Must Reclaim a Co-Opted Movement," Bennoune writes that in many countries Islamic fundamentalists have seized the populist uprisings of 2011 as an "opening to impose their own repressive agenda.  The challenge today is to effectively counter that fundamentalist agenda in non-violent and rights-respecting ways."

Karima Bennoune is an author, lecturer, teacher, and international law scholar as well as the first Arab-American to be honored with the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Section on Minority Groups of the Association of American Law Schools. Her new book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism, has just been released by W.W. Norton & Company.

New York Times Op-ed: "Activists Must Reclaim a Co-Opted Movement"