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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Karima Bennoune Wins Dayton Prize

Congratulations to UC Davis Prof Karima Bennoune whose book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Extremism (Norton) won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  As one of the judges put it: 

In Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here, Karima Bennoune walks a tightrope between, on the one hand, the tragic  consequences of Islamist fundamentalism and, on the other, the West’s inability to imagine Muslims as anything more  than terrorists or passive victims. Her solution is to tell us the stories that disturb both of these stereotypes,  vividly presenting us the experiences of individuals from a vast array of identities and social positions — as women,  as journalists, as educators, as makers of and keepers of cultural tradition. She conjures what those of us living  inside the Western media bubble have never seen before: a dizzingly diverse Muslim culture (that is no more cohesive  than, say, that global cohort labeled “Christians”) represented by a bevy of activists from across the globe determined  to realize their personal and communal desire beyond fundamentalist strictures.

Her TED talk When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism  has had more than a million views.

 

Posted by Jack Chin on September 25, 2014 at 02:14 PM | Permalink

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