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News Posted on September 11, 2013

Professor Bennoune Speaks with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka at Loyola Marymount

Karima Bennoune and Wold SoyinkaProfessor Karima Bennoune spoke with Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka at Loyola Marymount University on September 10. Professor Bennoune presented her new book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, which has received praise from Publisher's Weekly, The Economist, the Daily Beast, and the Boston Globe, among others. Following her presentation about the work of people of Muslim heritage who challenge extremism as documented in her book, she participated in a panel discussion with Soyinka, the Nigerian writer and activist who in 1986 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. After discussing abuses by fundamentalists, including the armed group Boko Haram, in his home country, Soyinka said of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here that "a book like this is of critical importance."

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 School of Law-Newark in 2012.

"Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: A Conversation with Karima Bennoune and Wole Soyinka"