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Eye-opening accounts of heroic resistance to religious extremism In Lahore Pakistan Faizan Peerzada resisted being relegated to a xCdark cornerxD by staging a performing arts festival despite bomb attacks In Senegal wheelchair-bound Aissatou CissxE produced a comic book to illustrate the injustices faced by disabled women and girls In Algeria publisher Omar Belhouchet and his journalists struggled to put out their paper El Watan The Nation the same night that a jihadist bombing devastated their offices and killed eighteen of their colleagues In Afghanistan Young Women for Change took to the streets of Kabul to denounce sexual harassment undeterred by threats In Minneapolis Minnesota Abdirizak Bihi organized a Ramadan basketball tournament among Somali refugees to counter the influence of Al Shabaab From Karachi to Tunis Kabul to Tehran across the Middle East North Africa South Asia and beyond these trailblazers often risked death to combat the rising tide of fundamentalism within their own countries But this global community of writers artists doctors musicians museum curators lawyers activists and educators of Muslim heritage remains largely invisible lost amid the heated coverage of Islamist terror attacks on one side and abuses perpetrated against suspected terrorists on the otherA veteran of twenty years of human rights research and activism Karima Bennoune draws on extensive fieldwork and interviews to illuminate the inspiring stories of those who represent one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide illustrations.

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Karima Bennoune

is a professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law. She grew up in Algeria and the United States and now lives in northern California.

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