Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Sharia Law

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Nonie Darwish lived for thirty years in a majority Muslim nation. Everything about her life―family, sexuality, hygiene, business, banking, contracts, economics, politics, social issues, everything―was dictated by the Islamic law code known as Sharia.

But Sharia isn't staying in majority Muslim nations. Darwish now lives in the West and brings a warning; the goal of radical Islam is to bring Sharia law to your country. If that happens, the ...

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Overview

Nonie Darwish lived for thirty years in a majority Muslim nation. Everything about her life―family, sexuality, hygiene, business, banking, contracts, economics, politics, social issues, everything―was dictated by the Islamic law code known as Sharia.

But Sharia isn't staying in majority Muslim nations. Darwish now lives in the West and brings a warning; the goal of radical Islam is to bring Sharia law to your country. If that happens, the fabric of Western law and liberty will be ripped in two. Under Sharia law:

  • A woman can be beaten for talking to men who are not her relatives and flogged for not wearing a headdress
  • Daughters, sisters, and wives can be legally killed by the men in their family
  • Non-Muslims can be beheaded, and their Muslim killers will not receive the death penalty
  • Certain kinds of child molestation are allowed
  • The husband of a "rebellious" wife can deny her medical care or place her under house arrest

Think it can't happen? In 2008, England―once the seat of Western liberty and now the home of many Muslim immigrants―declared that Sharia courts in Britain have the force of law.

When Muslim populations reach as little as 1 or 2 percent, says Darwish, they begin making demands of the larger community, such as foot-level faucets for washing before praying in public schools, businesses, and airports. "Airports in Kansas City, Phoenix, and Indianapolis are among those who have already installed foot baths for Muslim cab drivers," writes Darwish. These demands test how far Westerners will go in accommodating the Muslim minority. How far will they push? The Organization of the Islamic Conference works to Islamize international human rights laws and apply Sharia "standards" for blasphemy to all nations. The penalty for blasphemy? Death.

Weaving personal experience together with extensive documentation and research, Darwish exposes the facts and reveals the global threat posed by Sharia law. Anyone concerned about Western rights and liberties ignores her warning and analysis at their peril.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595551610
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 141,462
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nonie Darwish lectures across the United States and has appeared on radio and television programs including CNN, Headline News, Fox, MSNBC, Al-Arabiya, National Public Radio and Israeli TV. Darwish has been published in the London Telegraph, Jerusalem Post, and New York Daily News. She is a frequent lecturer on college campuses including Harvard, Brown, Stanford, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Boston University, and the University of Southern California. This is Darwish's second book.
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Table of Contents

A Warning to the West

Pt. I Sharia: The Family 1

1 The Roots of Sharia 3

2 The Marriage Contract: The Lock on the Gender Cage 25

3 Women: The Center of Oppression 61

4 Men: The Illusion of Power 105

Pt. II Sharia: The State 129

5 Life Behind the Muslim Curtain 131

6 A Dictator's Dream 175

7 Egypt: A Case Study 201

8 Getting Away with Murder 219

Epilogue: Islam Without the Sword? 253

Acknowledgments 259

Notes 261

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

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    the violent aspects of islamic law

    "cruel and usuel punishment" is a very remarkable book and very hard to put down. the arthur nonie darwish has grown up in the middle east and has experienced islamic law first hand and knows what it is like as a woman to experience to be perecuted by it and its many forums of brutal goverments that enforce it. this best seller shows the reader the many types of moslem law in the koran and the many kinds of cruel and inhuman punishments that mainly women can experience for the smallest of offences such as going to work or speaking to a man other thean your husband. this writer and this book has given me great insight into many of the problems going on in the middle east. great gift idea for a friend or family member

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    I'm not a scholar but I am an American/Muslim who embraced Islam

    I'm not a scholar but I am an American/Muslim who embraced Islam 21 years ago I left the US in 1991. So, I've been reading the Quran, fasting the month of Ramadan, wearing hijaab, and performing my 5 prayers a day for this period of time. Nothing forced me into Islam. Muslims are not about forcing Islam or "Islamatizing" the U.S. Nonsense. Just because someone says or does something this doesn't mean we put everyone in that same basket and stigmatize them. This is an authentic world religion. Nonie Darwish knows Islam from her young childhood experience in Egypt when I add it was being governed by a very corrupt force. Her father died for his beliefs for Islam! He was a Egyptian military Intelligence officer. Nonie is now in the US and is a Christian. That's her business. Sharia Law is really not something any more outlandish than US Capital Punishment laws. We have hung people, we killed Timothy McViegh publically. If you want to understand Islam or Sharia read the Quran. There are plenty of websites today that have it online in both the original Arabic with English translation. The Sharia is based on the Quran and Hadeeth (stories and sayings the Prophet made). It seems obvious that this book and this author is writing something that is her opinion. She's not even a practising Muslim. America has so many problems today, why isn't this highly educated woman either talking about them or helping this country she professes to love so much? She talks excessively about the 'Freedoms' Americans have that Muslims want or don't have, and she hasn't once given an example. The Patriot Act destroyed all American's freedoms from speach, to our rights to attorney, and the police or other authorities needing a warrant before arresting us and slamming us in jail. In the Bush era we declared we believed in torture. Today we are going to use Drones to kill Americans. What is she talking about and why is what I don't get. I don't think her books lend any real understanding. Shariah law is cruel only to murderers and drug dealers. That doesn't really bother me. And, let me add: if you want you may forgive the murderer (the victims' family members) and let the murder be saved from being executed. Instead, he is asked only to pay a fine to the victim's family. Is this cruel? And, I've lived in a ME Muslim filled country and have never heard of some thief's hand being actually cut off--because again, the victim's may forgive and they usually do. If you want to know more about Islam there are two good books. One is The Cross and the Crescent by J. Dirks B &N, and the other is Women's Ideal Liberation, (coming in eform to B&N and is at Amazon too) by Rukaiyah Abdulsalam.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    A warning to the West

    With her deep understanding of Islam and Sharia law Noni Darwish explains the threat to our way of life by the spread of Islam, a system that is rapidly metasticizing throught the world. What is at stake are our God given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The West does not understand the threat and this book unmasks the true nature of Islam so we can understand and act before it is too late. This book is a fact based look at a totalitarian social and political system that masquerades as religion.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Just an Awesome Women with the strength and courage of God behind her.

    Noni Darwish is an awesome woman of strength and a breathtaking author. She gives horrific details and on hand experiences of what life truly is as a women exposed to Sharia Law. I could not put the book down and to think that so many individuals would consider that in America (Unlikely). Sharia Law is something that no one should be exposed to and she gives examples and details stories of what really happens inside the life of women of Islam. If you want the truth and nothing but the truth, read this book because she was once a Muslim and she is speaking from experience not word of mouth. Women have absolutely no will, no say, no mind, nothing of their own. It seems to me that a mere dog has more rights under Sharia Law then a woman. I pity those who have to live under such hash conditions with no way out and no one to speak to for help. I thank God for the Constitution and our liberty in the United States. We will not and can not allow such cruel and usual punishment enters into our country. For those who want to live under Sharia Law, the pleasant thing about America is the Freedom, you're free to leave America and practice your Sharia Law in a country that allows this because America will not tolerate it, nor amend our Constitution to include it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

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    EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA

    THE WORLD MUST WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Cruel

    This book was an eye opener for me. I've never heard about Sharia law. I found this book to be very political and at times one sided and definately disturbing. It was a good book and I recommend it but am reluctant to recommend it for a book club review because of the content.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Highly recommended a must read

    My book club read this and everyone was glad they did as we need to be informed on just what Sharia is.....everyone should find out the truth about what is affecting the world with this very hateful and unloving philosophy towards women and all mankind

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Must read to prevent becoming a slave under Islam

    A great perspective on Islam's subjugation of women from an Egyptian former Muslim. Also a wake-up call about Islam funded by petro dollars trying to slowly instill Sharia law in the West.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    *****

    I found this to be very informative. A must read for anyone wanting to know about background of Islamic movement and the beginnings and ramifications of Sharia Law, written by someone who has lived it. Found myself taking notes.....

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