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News Posted on October 27, 2017

Professor Bennoune Interviewed on Radio France Internationale

Professor Karima Bennoune was interviewed by Radio France Internationale regarding the release of the French translation of her award-winning book, Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism (Votre Fatwa Ne S’Applique Pas Ici) by the publishing house Temps Present.

In the interview, which is conducted in French, Professor Bennoune talked about the silence in the West surrounding secularists of Muslim heritage and told stories of the people interviewed for her book, including cultural activist Sabeen Mahmud, who was assassinated for challenging extremism in 2015. Professor Bennoune also encouraged the international community to support civil society opponents of fundamentalism.

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. In 2014, she was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, now available in paperback from W.W. Norton & Company. In 2015, she was appointed UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.  She was recently presented with the 2016 Rights and Leadership Award by IANGEL, the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law.