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Now they call me infidel : why I rejected the jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror
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New York, N.Y. : Sentinel, 2006.
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258 p. ; 24 cm.
A Cairo-raised daughter of an Egyptian military officer describes how she was raised to hate Americans and Jewish people and submit to dictatorship, her decision to relocate to America, and her efforts to promote peace and tolerance at the risk of her own safety.
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One woman’s story of why she left the culture of Islamic Jihad to support American liberty and tolerance Why are so many Muslims embracing jihad and cheering for al-Qaeda and Hamas? Why are even the modern, secularized Arab states such as Egypt producing a generation of angry young extremists?Nonie Darwish knows why. When she was eight, her father died while leading Fedayeen raids into Israel. Her family moved from Gaza back to Cairo, where they were honored as survivors of a “shahid”—a martyr for jihad. She grew up learning the same lessons as millions of Muslim children: to hate Jews, destroy Israel, oppose America, and submit to dictatorship.But Darwish became increasingly appalled by the anger and hatred in her culture, and in 1978 she emigrated to America. Since 9/11 she has been lecturing and writing on behalf of moderate Arabs and Arab-Americans. Extremists have denounced her as an infidel and threatened her life.In this fascinating book, she speaks out against the dark side of her native culture—women abused by Islamic traditions; the poor and uneducated mistreated by the elites; bribery and corruption as a way of life. Her former friends and neighbors blamed all the their troubles on Jews and Americans, but Darwish rejects their bigotry and calls for the Arab world to make peace with the West.The only hope for the future, she writes, is for America to continue waging its War on Terror, seeding the Middle East with the values of democracy, respect for women, and tolerance for all religions.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
1 In the Eye of the Stormp. 1
2 Growing Up in Cairop. 17
3 Living in Two Worldsp. 47
4 Marriage and Family Dynamicsp. 61
5 The Invisible Wallp. 93
6 A New Beginning in Americap. 113
7 The Journey from Hatred to Lovep. 133
8 A Second Look After Twenty Yearsp. 163
9 Jihad Comes to Americap. 189
10 Arabs for Israelp. 217
11 The Challenge for Americap. 243
Epiloguep. 255