Just One: A Journey of Perseverance and Conviction

Just One: A Journey of Perseverance and Conviction

by Nour Akhras
Just One: A Journey of Perseverance and Conviction

Just One: A Journey of Perseverance and Conviction

by Nour Akhras


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Dr. Nour Akhras is a pediatric infectious diseases physician, one of only 1,500 in the United States. Just One: A Journey of Perseverance and Conviction chronicles the life of this Syrian American doctor, honestly portraying her struggles as an American Muslim in an Islamophobic climate and as a mother providing humanitarian aid in war-torn countries around the globe. Throughout her journey, she takes inspiration from the extraordinary courage of young and old refugees forced to abandon their homes yet determined to survive and rebuild their lives. Each story is different, and every loss is personal. Between heartbreaking realities and moments of resilience, she implores readers to respect the dignity of every human life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781957242088
Publisher: Global Bookshelves International, LLC
Publication date: 03/01/2023
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 165
Sales rank: 527,756
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Dr. Nour Akhras is a board-certified pediatric infectious diseases physician who has been working at a free-standing Women and Children's Hospital in the suburbs of Chicago for the last decade. Dr. Akhras was trained in pediatrics at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center and completed her fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a BA in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago and received her medical degree from Rush Medical College. Dr. Akhras was trained in traditional Islamic sciences in Damascus, Syria, and has her ijaza in tajwid through the late Shaykh Hasan al-Kurdi. She has contributed a chapter on Islamic bioethics to a book published by Yale University entitled What's the Point? Clinical Reflections on Care that Seems Futile. She has served on the board of IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Network). This grassroots organization fosters transformational change in urban communities where she co-chaired IMAN's youth group, Pillars, for many years. She has also participated in multiple medical missions to support Syrian refugees in Hatay, Turkey, Thessaloniki, Greece, and displaced war victims in Ma'rib, Yemen. She has served on the boards of MedGlobal and the Syrian American Medical Society Midwest chapter. She has advocated for the rights of refugees by authoring op-eds in newspapers like USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Times. She has led speaking engagements, including presenting at Washington DC's National Press Club, discussing the effects of Syrian war violence on the lives of Syrian women. She loves to travel, read, and swim in her free time. She takes bike rides and walks with her family and supports her children, who play basketball games. One may also find her attending gatherings with her sister, cousins, and high school friends.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Invitation

Chapter 2: The Interrogation

Chapter 3: The Initiation

Chapter 4: Realizations

Chapter 5: Trust

Chapter 6: Refuge?

Chapter 7: The Snipers

Chapter 8: Following the Flock

Chapter 9: They Won't Remember

Chapter 10: The Defeat

Chapter 11: The Surprise

Chapter 12: Compartmentalization

Chapter 13: The Other

Chapter 14: The Military

Chapter 15: The Misogyny

Chapter 16: The Terror

Chapter 17: The Discovery

Chapter 18: The Return

Chapter 19: The Little Secret

Chapter 20: The Resistance

Chapter 21: The Building Blocks

Chapter 22: Just One



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