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In the Name of God por Paula Jolin
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In the Name of God (edição 2008)

por Paula Jolin (Autor)

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Determined to follow the laws set down in the Qur'an, seventeen-year-old Nadia becomes involved in a violent revolutionary movement aimed at supporting Muslim rule in Syria and opposing the Western politics and materialism that increasingly affect her family.
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Título:In the Name of God
Autores:Paula Jolin (Autor)
Informação:Square Fish (2008), Edition: First, 208 pages
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17 year old girl; Damascus, Syria; issues of Islamic fundamentalism
  aadkins | Jul 22, 2011 |
Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

17-year-old Nadia lives in Damascus, Syria, in a two-bedroom apartment with her mother and her brother. Every day the war seems to move closer, every day the poverty seems to get a little bit worse, every day Nadia sees everyone moving further from the God she knows, and every day Nadia gets more angry. When her cousin is taken to places and torture unknown, Nadia knows it's time to take a stand. But how? And why does no one else understand?

Her family can't seem to give her the answers that she needs. Lately they almost seem afraid of her. The only person who seems to understand is the mysterious rebel who appears with cryptic messages. With each meeting with this man, Nadia is more and more sure that he has the right idea. With his help she will finally be able to make her stand, as God intended.

This was a book that I desperately wanted to read, and was terrified of, all at the same time. I wasn't sure what I would come across, but I knew it was going to be important somehow. And it was, but not in the way that I expected.

One of the most important things I took from IN THE NAME OF GOD is that religious zealotry doesn't have to be a quick, dramatic event. It can be a slow, building descent, full of little moments that may not seem too consequential until you add them all together. Involved in it is a strong desire to do right, to fix things, to make things better, and to make a statement. You can't hate Nadia for believing so strongly, and for wanting to make a difference, as much as you hope that she changes her path.

Another thing that I found particularly telling was a moment when a friend of a cousin says he lived in the U.S. One of Nadia's cousins asks if he lived in New York or Hollywood. At first it was kind of funny, until I thought about it. Are those the only faces our country presents to the outside world? After that was more discussion about the perceptions of life in America versus the reality. Which was enlightening to say the least. If for no other reason than these, we need more books like this in the world. Maybe if there were, we would all be a bit more understanding. ( )
1 vote | GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
Nadia wants to be known as a dedicated Muslim. However, in the beginning of the book, she doesn't want it as badly. But when her friend/cousin gets captured, she builds up hatred for all Americans. When she meets a "begger" on the streets she starts seeing and doing things that never crossed her mind before. This book lets people see the Musilim's POV on the war. ( )
1 vote df1a_sarahs | Sep 14, 2009 |
Jolin shines in her first novel, In the Name of God. Nadia, a 17 year old girl, lives in Syria. She faces a world of strongly opinionated people where war, religion, and America are common, yet dangerous topics to speak of. When her cousin is arrested, Nadia decides that she must act in the name of her religion and make a point--even one that involves a suicide bombing. This story profiles the culture in the Middle East and offers a different view point of Americans. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to see how radicals in the Middle East view Americans and justify their actions--it's all in the name of God. ( )
1 vote DF1A_LizzyM | May 15, 2009 |
Everyday we can observe it in the news and everyone knows Syria is a conflicted place. The life there is hard; no one is sure who to trust, who might be working for the government, or who might come to arrest you with no notice and seemingly no reason. Living in middle of Damascus the capital city of Syria, the seventeen-year-old teenager girl Nadia truly struggles with the whole circumstances. She is troubled by her family's seeming drifting away of their faith and totally disgusted by her cousins' approach to American values. The only thing where she can hold on is her devotion to Islam. Supported in her belief she becomes by her cousin Fowzi who seems to be the only one who understands her way of thinking. She truly believes in a modern education and wants to go on to university to study medicine rather than marry young and raise a family immediately. But she also follows the strict dress code of the Koran by wearing the hijab and acting modestly, as she thinks a proper Muslim woman should.

All around her, however, people who share her ideas on Islam are being arrested, thrown in prison and tortured, including her cousin Fowzi for whom she secretly has feelings of admiring. To her it seems as if her whole family doesn’t really care about it and that they are too much distracted with their own thoughts. Nadia knows she wants revenge for her cousin and Nadia’s opportunity comes soon in the form of a young man named Walid, who is sympathetic to Nadia’s more fundamentalist Muslim beliefs.

Soon she is captured by his thinking and quickly falls for Walid’s ideas. The main idea is simple; free the Islamic from every western influence. But how far will Nadia go and will anyone be able to stop her or will she maintain to get caught in the claws of this radical group?

I loved this book because it asks engaging questions about the system of the Islam and its disunity. The role of women is also a much discussed topic and to me it seems to be a very important one. It paints a great picture about the middle-east and its culture and is a great written book which is really interesting to read. ( )
2 vote DF1A_NataschaM | Mar 26, 2009 |
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