Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror

Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror

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by Nonie Darwish
     
 

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A political and personal odyssey from hatred to love

When Nonie Darwish was a girl of eight, her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel. A high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza, he was considered a shahid,a martyr for jihad.

Yet at an early age, Darwish developed a skeptical eye about her own

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A political and personal odyssey from hatred to love

When Nonie Darwish was a girl of eight, her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel. A high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza, he was considered a shahid,a martyr for jihad.

Yet at an early age, Darwish developed a skeptical eye about her own Muslim culture and upbringing. Why the love of violence and hatred of Jews and Christians? Why the tolerance of glaring social injustices? Why blame America and Israel for everything?

Today Darwish thrives as an American citizen, a Christian, a conservative Republican, and an advocate for Israel. To many, she is now an infidel. But she is risking her comfort and her safety to reveal the many politically incorrect truths about Muslim culture that she knows firsthand.


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101217856
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/16/2006
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
228,296
File size:
370 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Nonie Darwish grew up in Cairo and Gaza, the daughter of a high-ranking Egyptian army officer.She now lectures around the country to civic organizations, universities, churches, and synagogues.

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Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had just recently completed reading ¿Because They Hate¿ by Brigitte Gabriel and was browsing in B&N when I came upon this book by Nonie Darwish, ¿Now they Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror¿. I found this book extremely informative about Egypt, the Gaza strip and the political motivation of Egypt and Arab Muslims in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. The background of a genuine upper level social and educated Egyptian Arab Muslim explaining her social, political and religious experiences in Egypt as she grew from childhood through adulthood was extremely informative. She certainly brought us vividly through her experiences of questioning the Islamic messages and rhetoric. Extremely informative was her explaining how the presence of radical Islamists i.e. Immans and their immediate followers are influencing and intimidating moderate Arab Americans and Arab immigrants. She explained the long term influence of childhood Islamic rhetoric has made many Arab immigrants insensitive to common sense and reasoning of some of the dire teachings of the Koran. She has also explained why a woman is so subservient to an Islamic male and a female¿s fears and liabilities in the Islamic world. She also explains the behavior of the Islamic males and their dependency on female honor and consequences of shame. She explains the male¿s lack of taking personal responsibility for any mistakes they might make. Of note is the one sided mal communication within the Arab community about Israel and America. No reporting or mention is ever made of the terrible misdeeds of Arab Muslims in the name of Allah. I feel that Nonie¿s book is outstanding and should be on any reader¿s list who is becoming more informed about the Middle East and Islam. Hopefully our elected officials will become more informed and develop countermeasures to malicious Islamic teachings and actions before we have another 9/11 happening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was engaged to a Saudi and she tells the truth. I wised up in time, thank God! Everyone needs to hear this story (and others like it) before we make mistakes we'll regret as a nation, and as women. We must not allow the things that happened to Nonie Darwish in Egypt happen to young girls here. This book is a page-turner--a good read. It's completely candid in tone, but reasoned and not radical in any way. It just tells the truth of what happened to this woman. I recommend it heartily.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is interested in learning the truth about Islam(rather than what proponents of Islam want us to believe) should give this book an honest chance. Nonie Darwish offers us a view of what life is like inside the Arab world. She herself was born and raised as a muslim in the Middle East for thirty years, so she knows what she is talking about. She is a courageous woman to speak out against radical Islam in today's political climate, and she does so with respect and reverence to the religion of Islam itself. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in truth and is willing to read and evaluate information for themselves, rather than basing their opinions on mainstream media.
Guest More than 1 year ago
being born a moslem woman, I found truth to this book and I wish for better circumstances for all the woman who live in such circumstances. Bless this author for being brave and honest to write this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many books about what is going on in Muslim countries. If you care about freedom, you need to read this book to understand what is going on in the world today. It is well written and well documented. All citizens of free countries need to wake up now and change their policies toward Muslim controlled countries. If you want to know more, read, 'Infidel'
niafong More than 1 year ago
Nonie Darwish is one of the best Americans I have encountered, whether reading of Americans or meeting them. She captures the best of Americans and believes in the true greatness in our beautiful nation. Maybe it takes an immigrant to recognize the brilliant nature of our country. She uses the values and mores of American values and is shockingly surprised at the openness of the people of America and she quickly embraces her new found country against the narrow minded and hateful culture she left behind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes a sharp distinction between radical Islam, which handsomely rewards the families of suicide bombers, and moderate Islam, which does want to live in peace. The trouble is, there are a lot of radicals in power.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is a wealth of objective information on the radical muslim ideaology. It provided me with much insight that i was unaware of . This book is a must read. It is an eye opener for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nonie does know America and so do I. There you go. America is better. Do think what you will. Nonie is one smart woman to leave Sharia law in the dust. So if you dont like it you should move back where you cant walk outside without a man. Great book should be read by every person in this wonderful xotry. God blesa the USA! u
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't expecting our fellow moslem brothers to stand up and cheer for this book or author, it is obvious why. There is much room for improvement for people's lives ALL over middle east. Instead of continuing to blame the whole world for our own blindness, why not work harder to be more civilized. Every educated moslem woman could identify with this book and thank god/allah we can do that here in freedom. I doubt very much this book is even sold in moslem countries, it is called 'No freedom of Speech and even thought'. Keeping moslems, and half of our societies ignorant is not a solution but a red flag'. God Bless America.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best book I have ever read. How people think in other cultures and how their thoughts are manipulated is made very clear for anyone to understand. The consequences of The Laws of Sharia is brought into light in such a way that could actually improve the lifestyle of Egyptians and Arabs. Very humanely written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nonie Darwish is a woman of valor, courage, and hope. This book is an example of how one can be taught to hate, however, with education, and exposure one can chanage and see the dogma that was preached in her childhood. She is an inspiration to me, and generations to come.
RedLilySH More than 1 year ago
This personal account helps to a degree in beginning to see into the Arab mindset.
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trippnmama More than 1 year ago
I learned so much in this book. I've always loved my country and been a complete patriot; this book will inspire you and make you feel you are so lucy to be an American!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a disappointment of an Arab. Instead of standing up for your people and shedding light on what is going wrong on the middle east, you are advocating against your own people. What a shame and an embarrasment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to say I don't think Nonie knows American culture as well as she professes to. She says: In America when a husband beats his wife he is prosecuted by the law. In the Middle East when a Muslim man beats his wife, he is exonerated by Sharia Law. First of all under the Sharia Law I know in Saudi Arabia for instance, a woman can obtain a divorce the moment she shows any slight physical damage to herself. Secondly, I beg to differ about the ease of American women finding help when they are at the mercy of an abusive husband. I studied to be a Social Worker in the States and I know that there are STILL many barriers to women getting help. Doesn't Nonie watch Oprah??? Police do not like getting involved in 'domestic' disputes Nonie. They will come, see that you're still alive, and happily leave if a husband is irate and you can't prove he's harmed you. Then, when he does hurt you enough, the police will come back and he will be jailed for a minimum of 24 hours Nonie. You call this superior help? Thirdly Nonie, to get good council for a divorce which is what the woman would want, costs money, money American women often don't have. And Nonie what about the broken families in America, latch key children, drug and alcohol abuse issues that 1 in 4 families suffer from? Anyone who buys this woman's book is going to open themselves up to mis information and a twist of Reality. Go ahead. It's your buck not mine. Waste of time. If you want to know Islam, there are better books out there, not written by people with an obvious agenda, but by people who love Islam like, Women's Ideal Liberation, in Kindle and will be on Barnes and Noble within days.