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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.
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
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
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.
Excellent book on (political)Islam. Nonie Darwish explains why the revolutions(Arab Spring) in the middle east are not necessarily evidence of democracy taking hold. She answers and explains some very pertinent questions and topics that come up when discussing Islam, such as, why Islamic revolutions are doomed to fail, the rise of Islamic apostasy and the penalty of leaving, the lack of a feminist movement within Islam, but also why woman are beholden to Islam. Also the western vulnerability to ...more
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2.5 stars. This book was hard to get through because A) the author is so unapologetically biased and B) the writing was rife with jumbled run-on sentences that I had to re-read in order to glean meaning. The latter should probably be forgivable since English isn't the author's first language, but, well, that's when you get a good editor. It did read the way someone would speak, for the most part. Anyhow, I did learn some key things about sharia law; unfortunately they seemed to be merely sprinkl ...more
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