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Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law: The Terrifying Global Implications of Sharia Law Hardcover – 1 Jan 2009

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551610
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nonie Darwish lectures across the United States and has appeared on radio and television programs including CNN, Headline News, Fox, MSNBC, Al-Arabiya, National Public Radio and Israeli TV. Darwish has been published in the London Telegraph, Jerusalem Post, and New York Daily News. She is a frequent lecturer on college campuses including Harvard, Brown, Stanford, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, Boston University, and the University of Southern California. This is Darwish's second book.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GJ on 3 Feb. 2015
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This is a book written by a woman who's experienced the horrors of the Islamic system from the inside, and she gives a graphic account of its world view, - the whole system is built on a "police state" mentality of fear, where anyone asking any questions is automatically setting themselves up as a target for trouble from family, neighbours and on upward. All must believe what they are told, anyone not acting against a questioner is also quilty. Asking questions leads to a death sentence here, and hell afterwards! This book should be read by us all, particularly by those who think that incorporating sharia principles into western laws is a good idea. Emphatically sharia is only good for the few old men at the top who exploit all those below, through fear. The book shows how islam & sharia combine to oppress all women and all but a few men, ie those who are not at the top. The book would an eye opener to all those who think of all religions in "warm & fuzzy" terms and that religions simply call on us to love each other etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Ruffle on 3 Sept. 2014
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This is a must read book by anyone who is unclear as to the purpose, methodology, origins and ideologies of Islam. Sadly, some people won't believe what this book clearly states, That's because the west has been brain-washed into a tolerance masquerading under "rights" and "respect". How can you respect a religeo-political system that FAILS to respect the rights of minorities - or eve women? This is not a "Christian" book -- but every Christian needs to get their head out of the sand and read this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. Arman on 5 May 2014
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At last a true account in which the pernicious ideology of sharia is exposed. .What hypocrisy. You can definatly see that this is a code made by men and for men. Read it & get informed!
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jackson on 11 July 2010
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this book, along with those of Wafa Sultan, gets at the psychological roots of the problematic aspects of islam, better than the male authors i've read, such as robert spencer, ibn warraq, and anwar shaikh.
it shows very clearly how the application of sharia law has a detrimental impact on islamic culture.
it makes clear how not just women but muslim men art hurt by the implementation of sharia.
it shows the corrosive consequences to trust of polygamy. explains the mafia-like prohibition on leaving the faith. the supremacist mindset in islam and disrespect for all other faiths than islam.
the US versus THEM......UMMAH versus KAFFIR attitude engendered by the quran/sharia.
the fact that the prophet's sexual history vis-a-vis Aisha disqualify him as an example to be followed, and how certain kinds of child molestation are permissible if the quran is follwed literally.
also explained is how the very laws of islam permit and sanction vigilante mob justice towards muslims who step out of line, and towards non-muslims who have the temerity to criticise islam mohammed or the quran.
fascinating is her explanation of how the desert raiding culture lead to the creation of the concept of territorial jihad, and how this was incorporated into the religion [with its enticement of sexual rewards in the afterlife] to perpetually expand the faith.
custody and divorce laws are explored, honour and how it opresses women, and turns men into tyrants. the place of blame and denial in islamic culture. how the bogeyman word islamophobia is used by muslims to shut down debate, and how calls for blasphemy laws are designed to make islam legally imune from critisism, and kill free speech.

all in all, this book a real eye-opener, a devatating critique of sharia, and a good first stepping stone to more serious study of the main vector of violence in islam, and why sharia is utterly incompatible with western culture.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eunice on 21 Jun. 2014
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my eyes were opened ...every woman should read this book ..could not believe the terrible islamic laws ...nonie darwish you are a very brave women i salute you..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jackie James on 5 Oct. 2014
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Should be compulsory reading for those of any faith.
Having lived and worked in Saudi for more than 14 years I can verify the truth of a great deal that brave, brave Nonie has written.
Western governments - wake up to the magnitude of the threat that islam poses before it is too late; sadly, it may already be!
As a read, a bit repetitive but engaging nevertheless.
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40 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 18 July 2009
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This book is a must read for anyone who wonders what Sharia Law is really about. Her perspective regarding global jihad, radical Islam and Sharia Law needs to be taken extremely seriously by all who read this book. Coming from Egyptian background and being raised as a Muslim, Nonie know what she is talking about. Sharia Law has and is enslaving millions of people, while creating an environment that fosters extreme hatred towards non-Muslims. Nonie covers just about any topic you've ever wondered about, from honor killings, the beating of wives, brainwashing of children, Islamic victimization and much much more. She takes you on a journey that reveals the history of Islam and the Bedouin culture that gave birth to this religion. Once you open this book, you will be hard pressed to put it down.

As someone who was in a relationship with a muslim man I now understand how he thinks. Frightening.

There are other excellent reviews of this book on www.amazon.com.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marjorie Jones on 17 Sept. 2014
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Absolutely fascinating, very alarming, everyone should read this book. Nonie Darwish had been very brave to write this candid account. If only part of it is true we are in big trouble already.
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