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The blasphemer : the price I paid for rejecting Islam

Author: Waleed Al-Husseini
Publisher: New York, NY : Arcade Publishing, 2017. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Arcade editionView all editions and formats
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Like many of his generation, Waleed Al-Husseini began a blog in his twenties. However, unlike many, Waleed also had the misfortune of having been a blogger in Palestine; worse yet, he often criticized Islam and its adherents--and declared himself an apostate--in his writings. The Palestinian Authority did not take well to this and eventually put Waleed in jail without a trial or even a wisp of legal justification.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Waleed Al-Husseini
ISBN: 162872675X 9781628726756
OCLC Number: 954670610
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xi, 147 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Blasphémateur,
Responsibility: Waleed Al-Husseini.

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Like many of his generation, Waleed Al-Husseini began a blog in his twenties. However, unlike many, Waleed also had the misfortune of having been a blogger in Palestine; worse yet, he often criticized Islam and its adherents--and declared himself an apostate--in his writings. The Palestinian Authority did not take well to this and eventually put Waleed in jail without a trial or even a wisp of legal justification. As if this was not bad enough, they placed Waleed in solitary confinement. This state of affairs continued for 11 months. Over the course of this time, Waleed was tortured and suffered innumerable indignities and deprivations simply for having the audacity to speak his mind. Eventually his unjust imprisonment began to draw international attention from foreign governments and human rights organizations, which pressured the Palestinian Authority and finally forced it to provide him a trial and parole. After being paroled, Waleed fled Palestine, first to Jordan and then to France, where he has become an outspoken advocate for freedom of speech and a critic of the state of contemporary Islam. The Blasphemer is a sobering, impassioned recounting of this Kafkaesque experience as well as a searing polemic against the corruption and hypocrisy that define contemporary Palestine.

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