Published on Sep 25, 2013 by
Op-Ed: Sharia-Life: A Geo-Political Time Bomb About to Explode
Fern Sidman interviews Phyllis Chesler:
Q Dr. Chesler, there is no secret that your life has taken many twists and turns and you have written about your experiences as a young woman held captive in Afghanistan previously. Why did you choose this particular juncture in time to write your account in full length book form?
A With the increasing persecution of Muslim women and with the rise in Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism, I had no choice. The time was right to expose my mystical but misguided romance with Ishmael and with the Muslim world. We are at a moment in history when gaining an understanding of Islamic gender and religious apartheid is imperative for our survival as a modern civilization. In addition, Heroic Muslim resisters—those who are anti-Islamists-- need recognition and support from the Western world in their battle to stem the avalanche of Islamic fundamentalism.
The material is also so rich, so irresistible. The 9/11 plot was hatched in a country that I once lived in - how surreal, how destined is that! How could I remain silent? Wasn't I obligated to share what I had seen and now know?
The Afghan burqa seems to have followed me to America and into the future. I needed to provide an accounting of what I experienced, witnessed, and the lessons learned.
I could never forget the kindness of some Afghan women towards me. Their fate haunted me, our lives had touched, viewing their kind of powerlessness taught me that in many cultures and countries women did not really have power, freedom, education, any individual rights.
I learned that Muslim-on-Muslim violence is pandemic and indigenous. Like stoning and honor killing, it has not been caused by the West. I also learned that many Muslim are also kind, humble, funny, philosophical, principled and life-loving.
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