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Global Tipping Points Series

  • Thursday, October 01, 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street, Manchester NH


  • Advance registration requested; your RSVP helps us plan ahead to ensure the best program possible and we can also notify registrants of last-minute changes or updates. Thank you!

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Thursday, October 1 at 6 PM

Multi-purpose Room (P201)
UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial Street- Pandora Mill, Manchester
 (note new location!)

"Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories From the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism"

Featuring Karima Bennoune, Renowned Expert on Protecting Human Rights While Countering Terrorism; Professor of Law at UC Davis 

International human rights lawyer Karima Bennoune will tell the story of artists,  journalists, educators and activists who represent one of the best hopes for ending fundamentalist oppression worldwide. From Karachi to Tunis, Kabul to Tehran, across the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, and beyond, these trailblazers sometimes risked death to combat the rising tide of fundamentalism within their own countries and communities.

University of New Hampshire-Manchester
88 Commercial Street, Manchester NH 03101
Directions & parking info here

Advance registration requested online, via email or by phone: 603.314.7970 

*Books will be on sale from Gibson's Bookstore!*

Presented in partnership with UNH Manchester's history, humanities and politics and society programs



Presented in partnership with the Currier Museum of Art, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibit "Witness to History: James Nachtwey-- Afghanistan, Ground Zero, Iraq"


Karima Bennoune is a professor of international law at the University of California–Davis School of Law. She grew up in Algeria and the United States and now lives in northern California.

The topic of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here is a very personal one for her. Mahfoud Bennoune, her father, was an outspoken professor at the University of Algiers who faced death threats during the 1990s, but continued speaking out against fundamentalism and terrorism. In writing this book, Karima set out to meet people who are today doing what her father did back then, to try to garner for them greater international support than Algerian democrats received during the 1990s.

She came to UC Davis from Rutgers School of Law – Newark where she was Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar, and taught international law and human rights for ten years. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award at Rutgers University–Newark. Bennoune’s courses have included International Law, International Protection of Human Rights, Terrorism and International Law, Women’s Human Rights and, in 2012, a new course called Law and the Arab Spring which drew from her fieldwork in North Africa. 

Karima Bennoune has also been a consultant on human rights issues for the International Council on Human Rights Policy, the Soros Foundation, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, and for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Her human rights field missions have included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Korea, southern Thailand, and Tunisia. In 2009-2010 she was one of a group of international experts assembled by Leiden University, under the auspices of the Dutch Foreign Ministry, to develop a new set of policy recommendations on counter-terrorism and international law.

 She has published widely including with the Guardian, Comment is Free, the website of Al Jazeera English, The Nation, and many others. Most recently, her writing about North and West Africa has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times, and on the website Open Democracy.

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