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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
ebook, 256 pages
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
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Alberto Neto
The books made me want to research and understand better this theme.
Michael Graves
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is with sadness that I write this in the wake of the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris, and the bombing of a Russian airliner by ISIS. I found this book very insightful for understanding the turmoil that seems to be the fate of the middle east from the seventh century to the present day. I also read the author’s “Cruel and Unusual Punishment” which I found valuable for her personal stories of living in Egypt. First of all, she is not anti-Muslim. Remember, 85% of the people killed by Islamic ...more
David
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Annie
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VITAL reading. Darwish may seem biased at times, but perhaps the shock at her tone proves just how complacent we in the West have become about the true desire of political Islam.
Evelyn
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think every American should read this book. We have so many Muslims living in our
country and you never know what they might do. We as Americans should at least know
from this book how they act and how they would just as soon kill us as not.


Craig
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Liz
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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