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Byline Books and Byline Festival is proud to announce, in association with CAGE, a new ground breaking book entitled A Virtue of Disobedience by Asim Qureshi

Here’s what people are saying about the book:

“Asim Qureshi’s book restores and centres the human in today’s dominant, hyper-securitised society capturing its effects through an intertwining narrative developed through his personal experiences, Islamic understanding and a breadth of literature. It is a book which asks cutting questions of our living context, including our very own community that is simultaneously afflicted by trauma by a warring, domestic securitisation and contending with sections that perpetuate it. An important – and pressing – contribution to understanding our place in society today.” [Shaykh Zahir Mahmood – Islamic scholar]

“What should be done when protest does not right state oppression and persecution of dissent and minorities? Drawing mostly Islamic history but also from more recent African American and Jewish experiences, Asim Qureshi argues that, in this circumstance, disobedience to injustice becomes a virtue. I hope that this short thought provoking meditation on rightful responses to injustice will trigger a societal discussion for the conscience and future of liberal democracies.” [Marc Sageman – former CIA officer and author of Misunderstanding Terrorism]

“A first and foremost beautiful read, as a critical theorist, as an auto-ethnographer, and writer, I find Qureshi’s personal tone profound and loud, and it does what all good works of politics and anti-racism should. It makes visible the most intimate ways white power impacts us, destroy us, and has us dream about our futures.” [Yassir Morsi – author of Radical Skin Moderate Masks]

The book will be available for purchase and siging at the event.

We will have spoken word poetry by Sr Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

*Full address of the venue will be posted closer to the date*

(NOTE: CAGE represents cases of individuals based on the remit of our work. Supporting a case does not mean we agree with the views or actions of the individual. Content published on CAGE may not reflect the official position of our organisation.)

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