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Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law

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Nonie Darwish lived for thirty years in a majority Muslim nation. Everything about her life?family, sexuality, hygiene, business, banking, contracts, economics, politics, social issues, everything?was dictated by the Islamic law code known as Sharia.

But Sharia isn't staying in majority Muslim nations. Darwish now lives in the West and brings a warning; the goal of radical
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Published January 4th 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published November 11th 2008)
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Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics, islam

Its interesting how every Muslim I chat with totally disagrees with the facts presented in this book. They say Islam is a religion of peace and freedom as well as love and generosity. After reading the Quran I can see how both parties believe they are correct. For one: the Quran is very vague and poetic; good luck trying to get a solid foundation out of it. Every verse can be easily twisted to mean many things.

Sharia Law is outside of the Quran, its laws are made to support what Islam stands
Candace Salima
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
I first became aware of Islam when I met my Uncle Mike as an adult. By then, he had left Christianity behind, much to my immense sorrow, and converted to Islam. I had long conversations with him about it because I love him so, and he finally went and talked to his Imam and got a couple of book recommendations to "help me feel better about my Uncle Mike converting to Islam."

I read the books. I wasn't comforted. I began to dig deeper: Learning the history of Islam, where the conflict and hatred
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The question at the top of this blank textbox is 'what did you think?' I'm not really sure how to answer, or indeed what to think.
This book has left me with a gazillion unanswered questions and a serious desire to read an awful lot of religious literature(i.e. the Quran, Torah, Bible, Bhagavad Ghita and anything else I can get my hands on!) but as a course on Islam-101, and the perils of believing without any thought or questioning, I think it is essential reading for everyone; no matter their
Stephie Williams
In this book the author presents the case that Western democracies should take care and not be complacent about Islamic extremists attempts to introduce Sharia law in their countries. The book is split into two parts; one that is focused on the family, and one that is focused on the state. The first part starts out with the “roots of Sharia,” and then goes on to describe how negative the consequences are in marriage, to women, and to men. The second part contains information on how the state ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave the book four stars because it opened my eyes to what is going on in the Islamic world. It was extremely educational as related to Sharia Law and how it was established. This is a one sided arrangement with women having virtually no rights. The real message of this book is Sharia isn't staying in majority Muslim nations. Nonie Darwish now lives in the West and brings a warning; the goal of radical Islam is to bring Sharia law to "your" country. If that happens, the fabric of Western law ...more
Laila Kanon
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Bravo to Nonie Darwish for her audacity to write this book, it's definitely needed and hopefully heeds by those who recognized the danger and see the need to uphold and preserve the Western civilization, cultures, and values: human right to life, equality, respect, freedom of choice, freedom of speech, liberty, pursuit of happiness, democracy and such.

My quest for truth and answers led me to this book and I must say the title of this book did not quite capture the content on this book; it has
Sharon Jones
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book that explains the inside of the Islamic religion and the rules and laws of Sharia. Many will think these things are not possible today but I believe the author and what she is saying. It is a cruel religion (if one can call it that) whose basis is greed, lust, power and the hatred of anyone who is not a Muslim. Killing, beating, cheating, lying are all condoned by the laws and a far fetch from what I believe religion should be: forgiveness, faith in your fellow man, respect for ...more
Suzanne Hudson
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book, although alarming to read, and perhaps BECAUSE it is alarming to read, is now included in my top 10 books worth reading. As the author documents so well, there are forces (and teachings) within the Islamic world that want to erode freedoms that are dear to me as a woman and as an American. I've always thought that Muslims were a peaceful people, and like the author states, 90% of them are, but it is the Quran itself and the teaching of Muslim leaders regarding the Sharia law, jihad, ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have often wondered why moderate Muslims didn't speak out more against 9-11 and jihad in general, why the immigrant women over here continue to wear the hijab or burka and stay in and defend an ideology that puts them down, why Arab countries hate America despite billions of dollars of aid and business we give them, and why even though Islam owns 1/3 of the worlds land they continue to sacrifice their women, men and children in an effort to take over Israel - an area that is smaller than New ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author was born a Muslim in Egypt and remained so for 30 years of her life. Unlike most Muslims, when she was in her twenties she began to question some of the tenants of Islam; this is not allowed under Islam according the her. She began looking into specifics from her reading of the Koran and came to some astonishing conclusions that would not be clear to anyone who cannot read the Koran in its original Arabic. Is Islam a religion of peace? Is it even a religion? Why does leaving Islam for ...more
Steve Cran
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nonie Darwish in her second book on radical Islam offers a rare and unique insiders view of the religion. Herself a former muslim from Egypt, analyzes the religion of her birth with a critical eye.

Mrs.Darwish starts her book with a history of how Islam developed. It
was a religion that developed out in the hot inhospitable desert.
Tribes survived by making war on eachother. Being a good warrior was
the ultimate in manhood . The one who brought in the most booty helped
support the tribe. Good
Michael Graves
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have just a little to add to the other excellent reviews. Nonie Darwish grew up in Egypt and personally felt the oppression of Sharia law and tradition that is only getting stronger in that country. I cannot help comparing her story to that of Wafa Sultan from Syria, and Ayan Hirsi Ali from Somalia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands. All three women give a revelation of just how strong fundamentalist Islam is in all these countries and how oppressive it can be. All three give a summary
Alex Livingston
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book convinced me of the perniciousness and insidiousness of Sharia law, or rather strengthened the view I had already developed of it. The author seems to me to be a pretty reliable witness, to use courtroom terminology, having lived as a self-confessed Muslim for thirty years in Egypt and then almost as long in the US, where she gave up her Muslim identity. You may not be convinced, as I'm not, that Christianity and Judaism deserve credit for present-day Western culture, or that theism of ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly well written book on Islam . The author is passionate, but practical too. Having grown up Muslim, she knows the problems endemic to that belief.

The beginning is slow and she talks about her past. I know she needs to frame her experience to bring home the bacon in the end- pardon the pun to any Muslims. Moving along.... Ms Darwish proceeds to fill the pages with facts and data. She explains that the word 'love' never appears in the Koran. She also provides good insight into the Muslim
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book truly affected me. I did not understand a lot about Islam. I thought that Arab countries disliked us for our politics. How naive. Nonie Darwish has written a book which clearly outlines the baiscs of Islam and what is currently happening in the West by virtue of the immigrants from Muslim counries, who are often more militant than those who haven't immigrated. The only drawback of the book is that there are repititions of the message that really weren't needed. By the time I reached pp ...more
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A former Mohammedan who lived over thirty years in Egypt lifts the veil (literally) on the extreme suffering that tightly structures and controls the daily life for all woman in a Muslim country. The disgusting treatment of women in countries where this brutal "faith" holds sway is detailed with clinical precision by one forced to live under its demonic rule.
As the author ramps up for her concluding chapters, she includes this perceptive statement from page 198: "The conclusion that I and
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is my first book about Islam. To be honest, i never have a good impression about the religion at the first place, partly because as a women of dignity, i can never accept a doctrine that dehumanize women to such extent.

This book is truly mind-blowing. All the facts are listed out in it. i have to say that the content make me sick, wanting to throw up , literally. When i was reading the thighing part, i could barely control myself not to throw up. How twisted must a religion be in
Being a student of Egyptian Arabic and having a number of Egyptian internet friends, I can tell you that everything written is the truth.

As a young woman I dated a lot of Egytian men who act and do things here that they would not dare over there.

Honor killing is still happening. Sex before marriage is both against the state religion and the law, so you are condemned twice, plus your family's decision on what to do about it, and whatever they choose is bad news for the girl.

One of my teachers who
Darwish's second book still retains much of the animosity that's found in her first, but unlike her first book which is a personal story, Cruel and Unusual Punishment is intended to be an expose on the reality of Sharia. Unfortunately, investigative journalism is not Darwish's strong suit. She picks and chooses what to back up with sourced information, and confuses her own opinions with material that has already been studied and documented.

Still worth the read though.
Renae Hinchey
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knowing very little about Sharia law, I wanted to read this book. Very interesting and a but redundant in places. She does a good job in describing the history of Islam and how it originated within the tribes in the dessert and how it has carried on to modern day. The implications are quite scary, as it has spread through Europe and also continues to spread in the U.S.
Miriam Brown
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thought Provoking!

Thought Provoking!

I read this book because I wanted to gain an understanding what Islamic Law is. Unbelievable, scary. This book gave me some insight. The western world needs to wake up and smell the roses before it's too late.
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darwish provides an indepth look at the origins of Islam and Sharia law. She discusses the explanations surrounding the acts of terrorism we are experiencing today. It's a fascinating read and has opened my eyes.
Brett C
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
This book made me cringe as I read about the Sharia, or the interpretation and execution of Islamic law in an Islamic society. Very real and very scary.
Bernadette Shekleton
Everyone should read this to understand the Islamic mindset and Sharia law. Frightening book.
Zoe Ali
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was interesting to read, but frustrating at the same time. The author has a clear bias against the religion of Islam, and to an extent it is understandable why she would, given her history and experience with the religion. However, her bias has resulted in many unsupported claims and generalisations made about the religion. She places heavy focus and analysis on Hadiths and not much focus on the Quran itself. I have never even heard of 95% of the Hadiths she spoke of, and I'm sure many ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I tried to collect some pertinent parts to reproduce here, but everything is pertinent. "The Muslim State (which is by nature fascist and totalitarian) is in a permanent state of war with non - Muslims who refuse to accept Islam." The terror of the society imposed upon men and women create a society of fear, damaged relationships, repressed (or not so repressed) anger and loathing, lack of personal responsibility to end the constant victim-hood expressed against the world to whom lying and ...more
Jorge Rodighiero
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very important book to read. Not only it explains perfectly well the dangers that Sharia Law pose to the world (muslim and non-muslim alike) but it also clarifies how and why this particular set of rules came to exist.

The inclusion of quotes from the holy text and laws of Islam to support the author's views are perfectly well chosen and should convince anyone of the suffering that people endure under it.

"By tolerating intolerance, the West is not doing Muslims or Islam a favor.
Debby Janicki
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A "Must Read" for all Leaders

I learned so much from this book. In my opinion it was extremely well written, the message clear and easy to understand...and SO comprehensive!! I couldn't stop thinking as I was reading that EVERY politician and religious leader should read this book! This knowledge is a boon to mankind, Nonie. Thank you
Mona Sabah
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unbelievably good! She pulls no punches about the culture of Islam and how tightly knit it is with religion (Sharia). Everyone needs to read this, especially Muslim women. I am praying for you, Nonie, that you continue to speak the truth BOLDLY!
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative. Had to take a break from it for a bit because I got bogged down in the details. A lot of good information here though
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