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UC professor talks on Middle East issues

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From page A3 | December 20, 2013 |

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Karima Bennoune. Courtesy photo

The UC Davis department of  Middle East/South Asia studies presents a public lecture by UCD law professor Karima Bennoune on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Activities and Recreation Center Ballroom A on the UC Davis campus.

A reception begins at 6 p.m., with the lecture, “Sidi Bouzid Blues and the Green Wave: Journeys through the Arab Spring and Fall,” at 7 p.m.

Bennoune is author of  “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.” Based on nearly 300 interviews with people from almost 30 Muslim-majority countries, including Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia, the book recounts the struggles of human rights defenders who have challenged fundamentalism.

Her talk will be drawn from this research, and from her follow-up work in North Africa during 2013.

From 1995 until 1999, Bennoune was a legal adviser at Amnesty International. She came to UCD from Rutgers School of Law–Newark, where she was a professor of law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar, and taught international law and human rights for 10 years.

In 2011, she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award at Rutgers-Newark.  She sits on the board of the Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws.

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