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4.20  ·  Rating details ·  4,781 ratings  ·  384 reviews
This is an alternative cover edition for ISBN 9788248916826.

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
Hardcover, 490 pages
Published October 2016 by Kagge (first published 2016)
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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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Tanja Berg
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Two Somalian sisters, Ayan and Leila, grown up in Norway, take off to Syria at 19 and 16 years old. They want to help ISIS with their cause and live in a proper Muslim state. What could possibly have motivated them to do such a thing? How could the parents not notice?

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
"What causes two girls, who are good students, who are ambitious, and who fled from war when young, to seek out way again and submit to the strict control of the Islamic State?" (p.447)

This is the question, almost closing this book, which actually launches it as Åsne Seierstad investigates the story of two teenaged sisters, here called Ayan and Leila who 19 and 16 years old respectively left their family and set off to Syria to join the group which would later become as Islamic State. The family
This is the story of two sisters who left their home in Norway to join the jihad in Syria. Asne Seierstad describes them, their families, and their life in an out of school. Other Norwegian Moslem activists are profiled. Seierstadt shows how the distraught family responds and the efforts of the father to bring the girls back.

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
Berit Lundqvist
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Four and a half stars, rounded up.

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
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Between the guilty pleasure fiction and mysteries I love reading non-fiction. There were years where that’s all I read and I’ve come to have a particular taste when it comes to it. It needs to flow and it needs to feel like a story. It needs to feel personal and close.
Unfortunately, this didn’t.

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
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ayan, 19, and Leila, 16, two young Somali Muslim girls, living an outwardly happy and ordinary life in Oslo, walked out of their home as on any other school morning but on this occasion never came back. They later contacted their parents to say that they were on their way to Syria to help ISIS. In a compelling account, which reads much of the time like a thriller, Seierstad explores how it came about that two much-loved daughters, living a very westernized life-style, became so radicalized that ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Chilling story about one real family who went through a real nightmare. I've read a Czech translation which is really good - the book brings a picture of parents who did their best and still their daughters find themselves in radical version of islam and without letting their family know they traveled to the Syria to join the IS. The author is skilled journalist and she is writing with light hand about heavy topics. The book is perfectly balanced between the personal story of Juma family and the ...more
marta (sezon literacki)
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
While reading this book I was angry. I was frustrated. I was sad. But most of all, I was terrified.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tries to be an inside look at radicalization, although since the two sisters did not cooperate with the project, the insights into the process are limited. The book was also at least a hundred pages too long, as the author felt she needed to include every single bit of research she did along with many repetitive conversations. Certainly not the “thriller” promised by the book jacket. 2.5 stars.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book must have been a massive undertaking for the author. It is detailed and thorough in it’s exploration of the ramifications of two sister’s move to ISIS in Syria. The family that remains behind in Norway is forever fractured. Each family member deals with the girl’s choices differently. This is at the heart of the story. The reader is also invited to consider the sister’s perspectives as they transition into true believers. In some respects the book is a page turner and hard to put down ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievable story.
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
4.25 stars. A great read. With all the suspense, wanting to know how the story ends for the sisters and their father/family, it felt like watching some family/war movie, and you forget that it's a non fiction - this reality for many people. It's a gripping human story, and you once again realize that the war, the conflict i Syria is very complicated.

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
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book about a refugee Somali family in Norway shocked by two daughters who run off to join ISIS in Syria. The parents call the police and notify the government but it is slow to stop the girls flying to different destinations eventually to Turkey and across the Syrian border. The father is determined to rescue them and engages the media, a documentary film maker, old friends and anyone he can find to help him. The older brother becomes discouraged but continues to attend school and pursue ...more
Denisa Arsene
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I've read this book with mixed feelings. I can't really understand the trajectory of their fanatism. As I understand it's - unfortunately- a true story. I don't know the development ofthe story. But they seem to come from a nice family, raised into a free country...what could be wrong there? What goes wrong everytime? ...more
Iselin Rønningsbakk
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s a true, very interesting and sad story about two Norwegian-Somali teenage girls ran away from their family in Norway to join ISIS in Syria. The author tries to understand why and how the girls became radicalised, and explains in detail how the family grieved after their girls ran away.
Helene Barmen
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now that I have finished this book I am left with somewhat of an understanding of why two young girls, 19 and 16 years old, would leave their parents and the life the parents fled Somalia to give them to become a part of the Islamic State. But even though my mind can understand, my heart can't and as a parents myself my heart cries for all the people who suffered loses in this story. The book does a great job of describing the process leading up to them leaving and the devastation resulting from ...more
Nahom Tamerat
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Anyone who's ever wondered how someone from Europe would go to a war thorn place such as Syria is, to join IS should read this book. You'll find the answer.
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
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book helps to have a better understanding of the news that were covered in media almost daily and to get a grasp what is really happening in the Middle East. While telling the story of the one family, the author made a thorough research on the hot issue.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: toronto
There is no joy in this book, it is not a happy story, the content of this book is tormenting, frustrating and agonizing. It is however, a story that must be told and shared. I feel infinitely more informed after reading it, on a range of different subjects, including radicalization and the factors that can contribute to youth at risk, the war in Syria and Iraq, the Assad regime, IS, Somali refugees in Norway. and the pain and suffering inflicted on families of radicalized children. The scenes d ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2019
In October 2013, Ayan and Leila, two teenage sisters of Somali descent, left their family's home in Oslo to travel to Syria and join IS. This book, based on extensive interviews with their family and friends as well as detailed research recounts their upbringing and path to radicalization, their journey, what is known of their lives in Syria, their father's many failed attempts to bring them home, and the devastating impact of their choices on their family. A compelling, eye-opening read. ...more
Bree Beauregard

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

Trish Clark
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well researched and detailed true story of the radicalisation of 2 Somali, Muslim sisters.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tragic but important story.
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. In my opinion Seierstad is one of the best investigative journalists in the field. Based on the request of Somali immigrant father Sadiq Juma, Seierstad investigated the flight of Sadiq's two teenage daughters, Leia and Ayan to ISIS controlled territory in Syria in 2013. The book is meticulously researched as Seierstad delves into the radicalization of the 2 girls while still living in Norway. In the process she interviews their friends, members of their mosque, classmates, teachers a ...more
Georgina Kelly
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wanting a very easy introduction to the growth of the radicalisation of Western youth.
I read the English translation of this book. I'm not sure I like this kind of "docu-fiction" particularly as a genre. it certainly provided me with a simple but broad understanding of the evolution of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and thus was enjoyably informative. but my own intolerance of fundamentalism (of any kind) made descriptions of the development of the Norwegian kids' radicalisation hard to read. I just wanted to give them a good smack quite frankly. but then I have a general in ...more
I was expecting this book to give more insight as to why the sisters ran away from Norway to Syria, but in reality this is the fathers story, and the book does a good job of relating the story from his perspective.

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
While the pacing overall was decent, the writing on a sentence-by-sentence level seemed rushed and slapdash. Part of my motivation for reading this was to solidify the Islamic concepts introduced in No God But God and while I met with moderate success on that account, I’m not sure it was worth it. It’s hard to know how much to blame on the translation. I didn’t connect with the characters at all. I was merely reminded what desperate, rash creatures teenagers are. The author did manage to sneak i ...more
Alyson Edenborough
This is a heavy read requiring a lot of concentration, but it is well worth the investment. A tragic story which the author has researched and presented in commendable detail. I was shocked to learn partway through the book how young Sadiq was, not that I think there is a right age to be a parent of children run off to join the caliphate, but realising that he was actually close in age to myself made these events all the more tragically real. How on earth do you deal with something like this, I ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rivetting, horrifying, heartbreaking. The appalling 'logic' of religious fundamentalism and the damage to families in the wake left behind is shown in a clear headed manner. For parents who have fled war to then have children who then travel toward another theatre of war would break the strongest of us. For a religious dogma to over ride love is obscene. All praise to the author and the parents for sharing their story to help us understand. ...more
Yash Sharma
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two Sisters : We Are Radicalized To The Core

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr.

- Prophet Muhammad

Two sisters into the Syrian jihad is a mind-boggling book. Thoroughly researched and written in a subtle way by the author. The main USP of this book is that it shows that how dangerous radicalization could be, especially for the teenagers.

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Asne Seierstad has received numerous awards for her journalism and has reported from such war-torn regions as Chechnya, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq. She is fluent in five languages and lives in Norway.

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