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NON-LAAG EVENT (LSE):"Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here": the human rights struggle


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"Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here": the human rights struggle against Muslim fundamentalism. Page Contents >

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Date and time: Wednesday 23 October 2013 ,[masked]pm


Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE

Speakers: Professor Karima Bennoune  Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt  Suggested twitter hashtag: #LSEBennoune

Karima Bennoune carried out nearly 300 interviews over three years with people from nearly 30 countries, from Afghanistan to Mali, to document peaceful, local human rights struggles against fundamentalism. These are some of the most important, and most overlooked, human rights struggles in the world today. From Pakistani peace activists to Tunisian feminists, from Chechen journalists to Algerian victims of terrorism, Bennoune will share their stories and provide a human rights analysis from these many frontlines.

Karima Bennoune is Professor of International Law at UC Davis School of Law, a member of the board of the network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws and a former Amnesty International Legal Advisor. 

'Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism' - on Amazon

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  • David M.

    Fantastic talk with limited but very good Q&A. I would have loved to have seen the hall full but they seemed pleased with the turn out. The basic message was that there are people, especially women, in all of the Islamic countries who are fighting salafist/islamist ideology but that they often lack support from the human rights agencies, amongst others. The same ideology is used to intimidate muslims in Britain and America. The West supported the most extreme groups when fighting the Soviet presence in Afghanistan, of course. Karima seems like an amazingly energetic person, having travelled to and interviewed people in all of the muslim trouble-spots. She didn’t mention how we can best support such groups though.

    1 · October 24, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Thanks for the feedback David. I think we can support all these groups by challenging the faith virus. Not directly perhaps but it all helps doesn't it. Talking with religious people, and by writing in all the forums etc that we can reasonably do. We are talking with Peter Boghossian soon to try and get a cohesive plan together for the group, where he will answer specific questions and help people hone their techniques. The issue though I think, is that we don't come into direct contact with the religious that often - or at least, I don't anyway. In America they seem to read their bibles on trains and planes, and are happy to talk, apparently. But here it's all more furtive ( as well it should be ;-))

      October 24, 2013

    • Roma

      Most talks at LSE are available on podcast. Definitely worth a listen Adrian

      October 24, 2013

  • hamed

    I think I were not able to come to previous meetup ,but this time I am not going to loose my chance meeting u all.

    October 23, 2013

    • Georgi L.

      Hi Hamed, unfortunately no LAAG organisers are able to go to this event, but hopefully you'll get to meet some of the members who've RSVP'd yes here.

      October 23, 2013

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