In a world marked by the proliferation of violent jihadi groups, what can be done to turn the tide against Muslim fundamentalism? This question lies at the heart of Karima Bennoune’s Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here:
Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism. Bennoune’s award-winning book focuses on the struggles against such extremism within Muslim majority societies, “one of the most important – and overlooked – human rights struggles in the world” (3). Fuelled by a vision of ending fundamentalism and its violence, Bennoune aims to amplify the reach of
those people whose actions are most critical in the struggle against Muslim fundamentalism, yet whose voices are barely audible in the global arena:
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Whether believers, agnostics, freethinkers, or atheists, they do this by representing some of the Muslim traditions’ greatest values – mercy,compassion, peace, tolerance, study, creativity, openness. They do this not by mouthing platitudes about “Islam-religion-of-peace” but in many cases by putting their lives on the line to fight fundamentalism.
(Bennoune, 2015: 9)