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The Devil We Don't Know: The Dark Side of Revolutions in the Middle East

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Respected human rights activist Nonie Darwish assesses the potential for freedom to succeed following the recent revolutions in the Middle EastThe 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 Mu ...more
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Published January 10th 2012 by John Wiley & Sons
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Michael Connolly
This is a short book, warning us not to be optimistic about the Arab Spring. These popular uprisings of early 2011 were motivated by a desire of the people to improve their living conditions. Darwish believes that the Islamists are gaining control of the movement.
Egypt: In 1991 Hosni Mubarak, under pressure from Islamists, added Article 2 to the Egyptian constitution, which states that sharia supersedes any other law. In 2011, rocks were thrown at Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei wh
Alberto Neto
The books made me want to research and understand better this theme.
Erez Davidi
Nonie Darwish, a fierce critic of Islam, argues in her new book that the Arab Spring is doomed to fail in its supposed goals of achieving democracy and freedom. The main premise of the book is that revolutions are nothing new in the Arab world, and they have always failed, and will continue to fail until a fundamental change occurs in the culture and values of Islam. Darwish argues that Islam and the Sharia law in particular, which is the law of the land in varying degrees in the Arab world, are ...more
This book had some interesting and thought provoking points to make regarding Sharia law and Islamic revolutions. But, clearly the author has an anti-Muslim agenda, having been Muslim herself before she chose to leave Islam. Much of her writing is filled with her extreme contempt and hatred for Islam. It was difficult for me to determine what might be a fact and what was her own anger coming through. It took longer than necessary to read because I was trying to sift through the hatred and determ ...more
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I picked up this book by accident really. I wandered to the back of the library and thought it looked pretty interesting. I was hooked from the beginning. Islamic studies fascinate me, so it really wasn't hard for me to get right into it. Nonie Darwish made me see Islam for what it is, though I can't really judge a religion that I'm not apart of. This book is worth reading and will spread knowledge to people who don't think of Islam as anything more than a religion.
Roxanne B.
Her view of the Middle East is so clouded by her hatred of Islam, it is hard to read this book at first. Then you keep reading, and you understand why she loathes it as she describes it as a sexist, hypocritical, and war-mongering belief system. She has lost almost all family ties and risks her life to speak out against Islam. This book makes me very sad for all women born into the Middle East, regardless of their belief system. I also wonder about the validity of some of her claims. Is this all ...more
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