Human rights activist Nonie Darwish was born and raised as a Muslim in Egypt and Gaza living under sharia. Her father headed the Egyptian military intelligence in Gaza in the 1950s and led Fedayeen operations against Israel under Egyptian president Nasser. Educated at the American University in Cairo, she emigrated to the United States with her husband, converted to Christianity, and worked as a journalist at the Middle East News Agency. She founded ArabsForIsrael.com in 1984, to promote understanding, peace, and support for Israel. She also cofounded in 2009 FormerMuslimsUnited.org, which stands for freedom of religion and civil rights of former Muslims. She was featured in the documentary film Obsession and was recently nominated for the Train Foundation's Civil Courage Prize.
The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle Eastby Nonie Darwish
The recent powerful wave of Middle East uprisings has fueled both hope and trepidation in the region and around the world as the ultimate fate—and fallout—of the Arab Spring continue to hang in the balance/b>
Respected human rights activist Nonie Darwish assesses the potential for freedom to succeed following the recent revolutions in the Middle East
The recent powerful wave of Middle East uprisings has fueled both hope and trepidation in the region and around the world as the ultimate fate—and fallout—of the Arab Spring continue to hang in the balance. Born and raised as a Muslim in Egypt and now living in the United States, Nonie Darwish brings an informed perspective to this carefully considered assessment of the potential outcome of the revolutions in the Middle East. This thought-provoking book will add to the ongoing debate on what the future holds for the people and the politics of the region and on the ultimate compatibility of freedom and democracy in the Muslim world.
- Takes an unflinching, in-depth look at the ramifications of the game-changing recent uprisings in the Middle East
- Examines the factors that will obstruct or support freedom and democracy in the Muslim world
- Written by a former journalist for the Middle East News Agency who has written extensively on the Middle East, Islam, and women's rights, and who is also the author of Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Terrifying Implications of Islamic Law and Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror
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How does one review and rate a book one has never read? I gave 5 stars just to even out an unjust rating.
The dedication of this book bothered me and made me not buy it: "To two Mohammed's who left Islam..... " So this woman whose other book cries that she is 'considered' an 'Infidel' now applauds people who leave Islam!? Amazing. Misery wants company, Ms. Darwish? It's never too late to repent and come back to Islam. But, you know, the devil fools the best of us into thinking we are doing right when we are doing wrong. I also don't like the fact that she keeps using the incident of the poor fruit merchant in Tunisia and the policewoman who 'slapped his face in public' which this author goes to great lengths to exploit that it was a great 'humiliation' for the 26 year old poor man. This young man was very poor, Tunisian government was not producing more jobs, and when this policewoman took away his cart of fruits and vegetables to sell on the street, HE LOST HIS INCOME. He set himself on fire as a public demonstration. This author doesn't really expound upon why he really killed himself; that it was due to his poverty. The policewoman took away his work. No, she exploits that it was because he had been publically humiliated. I just will not waste my money on a writer who takes a story or anything and twists it into something that it isn't.