Karima Bennoune

Professor of international law at California University

This Algerian living in the United States has followed events over years across the nations of Canada, France and Russia via Algeria, Mali, Niger and Senegal through to Palestine and Israel. She has conducted dozens of interviews with men and women who have devoted their lives to the struggle with extremism.

Bennoune’s book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here is an engrossing and at the same time much-needed contribution to a deeper knowledge of what is really going on inside the Islamic world. From a number of viewpoints, life experiences and perspectives the internal diversity of the Muslim world clearly emerges, as well as the urgency of the issue of human rights, women’s rights and the religious and other minorities threatened by the rise of aggressive Jihadism.

In 1995 in Beijing Bennoune advised the Tribunal for Global Accountability for Violations of Women’s Human Rights. In the year 1995–99 she worked in London as a legal adviser to Amnesty International. She has been published in the foremost academic journals. She lectures around the world. In 2015 she was named UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights.