UC Davis law professor Karima Bennoune will discuss her new book, “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism,” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at King Hall.
Bennoune’s book tells the story of people from Afghanistan to Mali who have resisted rising fundamentalism in their countries.
“The vast majority of Muslims are not fundamentalists,” she writes. “The goal of this book is to rebroadcast the words of those who in fact do the most to dissipate discrimination against Muslims. They do this not by mouthing platitudes about ‘Islam-religion-of-peace’ but in many cases by putting their lives on the line to fight fundamentalism.”
Bennoune, a former legal adviser at Amnesty International with 20 years of experience in human rights research and activism, traveled to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Mali, Niger, Turkey, Russia, Palestine/Israel, post-revolutionary Egypt and Tunisia, Senegal and her father’s homeland, Algeria, while researching her book.
She also met with Somali and Iranian refugees living in the United States and in Europe and communicated with activists from Saudi Arabia and Sudan, according to a news release.