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Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror Hardcover – November 16, 2006

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“Nonie Darwish is a woman of great courage with an amazing story to tell.”
—David Horowitz

“A book of great humanity, intelligence, and courage.”
—David Pryce-Jones, senior editor, National Review

“Indispensable insight into the world of Islamic radicalism and jihad.”
—Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania

“Anyone who wants to understand the real meaning of the clash of civilizations between radical Islam and the West should read this book.”
—Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Nonie Darwish a woman of great courage with an amazing story to tell.... Readers who pick up her book will find their views of the world irrevocably changed before they put it down."
-David Horowitz, author of Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left

"All Americans should note well the reasons why Muslims now consider her an 'infidel' -- this could be the most important lesson non-Muslims in the West will ever learn."
-Robert Spencer, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

"Indispensable insight into the world of Islamic radicalism and jihad.... This inspiring tale of redemption will serve as an uplifting reminder to proponents of democratic values in the Middle East that our message of equality and God-given freedom is inexorable and will yet penetrate the resistance of the jihadists to find its way into the hearts and minds of the people of the Arab World."
-Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, author of It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good

"Anyone who wants to understand the real meaning of the clash of civilizations between radical Islam and the West should read this book."
-Congressman Tom Tancredo of Colorado, author of In Mortal Danger: The Battle for America's Border and Security

"Now They Call Me Infidel is a book of great humanity, intelligence, and courage. If ever there is to be peace between Arabs and Israelis, it will have to be along the lines depicted by Nonie Darwish."
-David Pryce-Jones, senior editor, National Review

"This is a breakthrough book.... Nonie Darwish is one of the most compelling voices for moderate Islam and against extremist violence."
-John Loftus, President, the Intelligence Summit

"Nonie Darwish indicts the Middle Eastern and Islamic culture she left behind, exposing what she calls the 'rigid psychological wall' imposed by religious and political leaders, the 'giant machine of oppression' that dominates society, and the dysfunctional 'culture of arrogance, pride, and shame.' Fleeing to the United States, she found happiness - but also a growing infrastructure of radical Islam that she has bravely and effectively confronted."
-Daniel Pipes, author of Militant Islam Reaches America

"We should all be thankful to Nonie Darwish for writing this insightful book on jihad and the global war on terror. As Darwish states in this great exposŽ, nothing will change in the Islamic world until the voices in the mosques preach love and peace."
-Paul Vallely, major general, U.S. Army (Ret.), coauthor of Endgame

"This call for peace should be read by everyone and taught in schools.... The free world owes Darwish an invaluable debt for her struggles for freedom."
-Bat Ye'Or, author of Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Sentinel HC; First Edition. first printing edition (November 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595230319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595230317
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Now They Call Me Infidel - Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel and the War on Terror" by Nonie Darwish, A Muslim Shahid's Daughter

Nonie Darwish's entrancing and frightening account of her childhood and upbringing in the 50's, 60's and 70's Middle East gives the reader an opportunity to see the build up of jihad and the perpetuation of hatred towards Israel and America at a very personal level. Her status as a Shahid's (Martyr's) daughter and being of the upper class in Egyptian Society allowed her access to the media and therefore information from the outside world that most did not share. Her early years were spent in Gaza where her father was a high ranking member of Nasser's Egyptian Army. She was taught hatred and prejudice towards the Jews and Israel and the passion for jihad as early as elementary school. She was told not to accept candy from strangers on the street because it could be a Jew who wants to poison Arab children. She was told that Jews love to kill Arab children and use their blood in their cookies. Nonie did not buy in to the hate speech and ugliness of the propaganda that is spread throughout Muslim countries. After her father was killed by a package bomb from Israel, her mother, Nonie and four siblings moved to Egypt. She couldn't understand, even at a young age, why President Nasser asked of her and her siblings, "Which of you will kill Jews in retaliation of your father's death?" She did not want to kill Jews. She speaks of Egypt, her country of origin, as being more westernized than other countries in the Middle East. When she was growing up, most women did not wear the veil. There was still polygamy and she had heard tales of female circumcision.
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The war currently waged by radical Islam on the rest of the world is very nearly unique in the history of warfare in that the victims of this war are doing their level best to deny the war even exists. In NOW THEY CALL ME INFIDEL, Nonie Darwish explains how the west has decided to play the political ostrich and what can be done to drag those collective heads out of the cultural sand to confront the most ruthless foe of humanism since the demise of Nazism.

Darwish wishes to confront not only the Islamic population of the world to convince them that their current approach for world dominion is debasing the very religion that it espouses as the reason for lopping off the heads of nonbelievers on Al-Jazeera. She also wants to shake the political correctness cobwebs out of the naive brains of the political left that insists Islam has every right to use our legal system while at the same time undermining this nation's security. Darwish finds it difficult to comprehend how the west simply refuses to acknowledge a danger that she has seen with crystal clarity since she was eight years old. Her book is her attempt to answer her own question.

Darwish's father was a shaheed, or martyr for radical Islam. When he died, his name became hallowed and enshrined in the pantheon of Islamic demi-gods who died while spitting in the face of the demon Jew. But to her, he was simply Daddy and his loss was the first step in her evolution as a rational creature who dared to question the Way of Things. As she grew older, her questioning expanded to encompass the entire spectrum of Islamic givens: the natural inferiority of women, the absolute necessity for the destruction of Israel, the demonization of the Jew, and the inner meaning of Islamic honor.
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I can't praise this book highly enough! It is written in a personal style, so it is very readable - I finished it quite quickly. She relates her life story from living in the Middle East to now, an American citizen. She describes life in aa Muslim state, the pain of polygamy, the repression of women's rights in the Middle East and why "moderate" Muslims do not speak out against radical, violent Islamist leaders. She explains why there is no Palestinian state yet (no, it's not because Israel stole the land) and why there is so much rhetoric toward

Israel, why Arab states say one thing to the West and something else to their own people.

She also chronicles something of her journey in America and what I particularly loved is that - she LOVES America! & she is grateful to live in a free country. That alone enhanced my pleasure in reading the book.

I highly recommend this book.
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This is a compelling story of one women's life journey from Gaza as the daughter of a high ranking Egyptian military officer, to Cairo, after his death as a martyr for Islamic jihad. Nonie Darwish tells of her life from the age of eight, through her adolescent years growing up in a Muslim society while attending a Catholic School in Cairo. She covers her childhood in the 50's to the present day in her adopted country the United States of America. She describes how at young age she began questioning what she was told about Israelis and Americans as it conflicted with what she experienced first hand.

Ms. Darwish tells about the harsh and hate filled culture that she had grown up in, and how life for women in a Muslim society is isolating, fearful, and constrained. She describes how Muslim society even hurts men as the fear of polygamy prevents the kind of intimacy that husbands and wives enjoy in the West. She is critical of the Muslim practice of blaming everything that is bad on the Israelis and Muslim refusal to take responsibility for their own country. She blames the constant wars brought on by Arabs for the terrible conditions in the Middle East.

This is a penetrating look into Muslim Culture that should awaken the West as to Islam's intentions. Ms. Darwish is to be admired for her courage to speak the truth, and for her work to bring understanding of the danger the world faces from Islamic jihad. This is rare and wonderful story of courage, enlightenment, love and determination to work toward understanding and peace in a world filled with misinformation and hate. I highly recommend this book. You will not be able to put it down.
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