Historien om to ungjenter fra Bærum som reiser til Syria og en desperat far som forsøker å finne dem. En oktoberdag i 2013 kommer ikke de to tenåringsjentene, Ayan og Leila, hjem til vanlig tid. Senere på kvelden kommer sjokkmeldingen: De er på vei til Syria. På jakt etter døtrene tar faren seg inn i det borgerkri ...more
This is an norwegian article. It says that the family doesn’t have any contact with the girls, they don’t cal…more
This is an norwegian article. It says that the family doesn’t have any contact with the girls, they don’t call home anymore. But the family are being informed by other families, with contacts inside the ISIS-controlled Syria, that they are alive. This article is from November 2017, though. And the newest article I could find in Norwegian newspapers... (less)
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This is a shockingly relevant story and Ayan and Leila's parents are brave to share it, maybe it can help someone else. The book gives deep insight into the family dynamics. It also show the gradual radicalization of Ayan and Leila ...more
I’ve often wondered how the children of immigrants cope with the dynamics of high school in their adopted countries. One of the best chapters (in this book of very good chap ...more
The radicalization process can be compared to a tunnel. Either you go through the tunnel and come out radicalized on the other side, or you turn around and get out in the direction you originally came from.
Åsne Seierstad’s book Two Sisters turned out touch me at a much more personal level, than I thought it would. I expected it to be a book about the war in Syria. It wasn’t. Instead, it was a book about the process of radicalization.
I have a younger Jewish relat ...more
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The story is about two sisters from Somalia, growing up in a small town outside Oslo in Norway who become radicalized and flee to Syria to join the Islamic state. Since I myself come from this small town ...more
I knew about the author, but this is my first book by her, and I enjoyed it very much. I liked her investigating(she is reporter so..) writing style ...more
Decided to read this book after reading a great review about it in one of The Weekend Australians.
A well researched and well documented subject and the whole story (by Asne Sierestad) about 2 Somali girls who left their family (Somali refugees) in Norway, for Syria and joined ISIS. Their father, Sadiq Juma, tried everything to find them and persuade them to return home, even travelled to Syria a few times, made some contacts....
I really like this book because Asne ...more
This book, while falling under the non-fiction category, reads almost like a novel. It revolves around the story of one Somali family in Norway, but actually touches the broader themes of religion, otherness, and radicalization. Centering the story around just a handful of people while weaving in details about the broader conflicts, history and politics made it that much easier to grasp the role of religion in today’s world.
Two sisters, 19 and 16, leave Norway, where their parents had emigrated...more
This book is packed with so much information and history. Sometimes it’s hard to follow, but damn, it’s a story worth being told.
It's an absolute page turner and will shine light on how one gets radicalized. It demonstrates the power of belief, convictions and dogmatism.
It's a warning post for anyone dabbling in fundamentalism and for people around them who are in a position to see the early signs and perhaps try to prevent it.
Bottom line, do yourself a favor and just ...more
The author is a journalist and she has painstakingly sifted through what must have been thousands of emails, text messages and so on to give us a sense of how little the family understood the sisters motives and actions, and what was happening at any one time, while at the same time s ...more