Djemila Benhabib

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Djemila Benhabib during a conference at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in September 2013

Djemila Benhabib (Arabic: جميلة بن حبيب‎) (born 1972) is a Canadian journalist, writer and politician who lives in Quebec. She is of Algerian and Greek-Cypriot descent[1] and is known for her opposition to Muslim fundamentalism.


Benhabib speaking at the London International Conference on Free Expression and Conscience 2017.

She was born in Ukraine in 1972, but grew up in Algeria. Her father is Algerian and her mother Greek Cypriot. [2][3][4]

She was a finalist for the 2009 Governor General's Literary Awards for her non-fiction book[5] Ma vie à contre-Coran: une femme témoigne sur les islamistes.[6][7] Her second book is Les soldats d'Allah à l'assaut de l'Occident.[8][9][10][11]

In 2010, she appeared on the Jean-Marie Colombani invite show on Public Sénat, the television channel of the French Senate.[12]

In 2012, she received Le Prix international de la laïcité.[citation needed]

She was the Parti Québécois candidate for Trois-Rivières in the 2012 Quebec general election, but narrowly failed to defeat the sitting member, Danielle St-Amand.[13]

She was again candidate in 2014, this time in Mille-Îles, but was defeated by Liberal candidate Francine Charbonneau.[14]


  1. ^ Roy, Mario (March 14, 2009). "L'éléphant dans la pièce". La Presse. Montreal. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  2. ^ Chouaki, Yasmine (November 17, 2009). "En sol majeur : Djemila Benhabib". RFI. Retrieved 18 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Djemila Benhabib - Notice biographique" [Biographical note]. VLB éditeur. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  4. ^ "Extrait : Ma vie à contre-Coran".
  5. ^ Benhabib, Djemila (2009). Ma vie à contre-Coran: une femme témoigne sur les islamistes. Collection Partis pris actuels. VLB éditeur. ISBN 978-2-89649-059-2.
  6. ^ "Canada Council for the Arts announces the finalists for the 2009 Governor General's Literary Awards" (Press release). Canada Council for the Arts. October 14, 2009. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  7. ^ "Djemila Benhabib Ma vie à contre-Coran : une femme témoigne sur les islamistes Non-fiction French-Language". Canada Council for the Arts. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  8. ^ Benhabib, Djemila (2011). Les soldats d'Allah à l'assaut de l'Occident. Collection Partis pris actuels. Montréal: VLB éditeur. ISBN 978-2-89649-313-5.
  9. ^ Turbide, Mathieu (September 14, 2011). "Attention à l'islam politique". Le Journal de Montréal. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  10. ^ "Conférence de Djemila Benhabib à Notre-Dame-des-Prairies". L'Action. Joliette, Quebec. February 16, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  11. ^ Guimont, Corinne (October 19, 2011). "L'histoire et les luttes de Djemila Benhabib". L'Éveil et La Concorde. Saint-Eustache, Quebec. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  12. ^ "Djemila Benhabib et Pierre Joxe". Public Sénat. February 12, 2010. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
  13. ^ "Benhabib se réjouit". Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  14. ^ Victoire éclatante de Francine Charbonneau dans Mille-Îles, Courrier Laval, 7 April 2014.