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News Posted on September 5, 2013

New Book by Professor Bennoune Draws Praise from Media

National and international media including The Boston Globe, The Economist, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles TimesNational Memo, and The Daily Beast have praised Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories From the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, a new book by Professor Karima Bennoune.

Bennoune's "moving ode to otherwise unsung heroes of the resistance to Muslim fundamentalism in North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and even the United States," writes The Boston Globe, is an "important book ... [and] could hearten those at the forefront of the struggle against fundamentalism, and even link such like-minded but often isolated people, creating a network to rival that of their tormentors."

Calling her reporting "diligent, passionate, and convincing," The Economist praises Bennoune for the wide-ranging perspective on Muslim majority societies offered in the book, which is based on nearly 300 personal interviews with people of Muslim heritage in almost 30 countries, from Afghanistan to Mali. 

The Daily Beast praises Bennoune for shattering many stereotypes about Muslims. "She reveals the absurdity of notions that ‘the Muslim world' is a riotous, violent mess, and that ‘they' hate ‘us' for being free. Islam cannot be reduced to a description on Wikipedia, and radically different expressions of devout practice dot the map."

"Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here" has also been excerpted on and by Women's Enews.

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. She joined the King Hall faculty from Rutgers in 2012. Further information about "Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here" is available at

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