by Nonie Darwish, a Muslim Shahid's Daughter
A political and personal odyssey from hatred to love
When Nonie Darwish was a girl of eight, her father died while leading covert attacks on Israel. A high-ranking Egyptian military officer stationed with his family in Gaza, he was considered a shahid, a martyr for jihad.
Yet at an early age, Darwish developed a skeptical eye about her own Muslim culture and upbringing. Why the love of violence and hatred of Jews and Christians? Why the tolerance of glaring social injustices? Why blame America and Israel for everything?
Today Darwish thrives as an American citizen, a Christian, a conservative Republican, and an advocate for Israel. To many, she is now an infidel. But she is risking her comfort and her safety to reveal the many politically incorrect truths about Muslim culture that she knows firsthand.
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Nonie Darwish was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza. Before immigrating to America in 1978, she worked as a journalist in Egypt. Darwish now leads the group Arabs for Israel and lectures around the country.
Carolyn's Comments: A fascinating and very enlightening look at Egyptian and Palestinian life and thought. Nonie Darwish takes you inside a Muslim family and honestly
explains the trials, contradictions and struggles faced by Muslims, Christians and Jews in Egypt and Gaza as well as those who have emigrated to the United States.