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News Posted on May 29, 2014

Professor Bennoune Interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Professor Karima Bennoune was interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation station 702 ABC Sydney regarding her acclaimed book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.  The interview took place as part of a speaking tour of Australia that has included lectures at the Castan Centre at Monash University, the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne Law School, and the University of Western Sydney. She also gave a lecture at the Sydney Writer's Festival, and has appeared numerous times on Australian radio and television.

In the 702 ABC interview, Professor Bennoune talked about her personal connection to the fight against Muslim fundamentalism and how her father, Mahfoud Bennoune, was a professor of Anthropology at the University of Algiers 20 years ago, when extremists began assassinating Algerian intellectuals and initiated a violent, decade-long struggle in that country.  She talked about her experiences in interviewing nearly 300 people in 30 countries around the world as she wrote Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, and how many individuals in Muslim-majority countries are courageously standing up to fundamentalist extremists.

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.

702 ABC Sydney interview