Thursday, January 15, 2009

Book Review: Cruel and Usual Punishment

Title: Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law
Author: Nonie Darwish

Nonie Darwish spent the first 30 years of her life living under Islamic Law and writes passionately about the damage it does to women, men, and countries. She lays out the background of Islamic Law and how it fits into the agenda of worldwide jihad.

In addition to illustrating the horrors of life under Sharia law for women and those who aren't Muslim, Darwish traces the growing attempts to bring Sharia law to western nations, and exhorts the west to resist these attempts.

The book is very interesting, if a bit repetitive in places. The author's outline of the history of the spread of Islam and the political nature of the Islamic faith are very thought-provoking. I would like for those who are shouting for accommodation of Islam and arguing that there are benefits in Sharia law to read this book.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds interesting; does Darwish look at specific arguments from the other side?