Strangely enough, the left here in the West has never thought that fundamentalist Muslims were bad people, even though they hate fundamentalist Christians, who are much milder.You see, it depends. Fundamentalist Islamists oppress women, kill secularists and "blasphemers", and perform mass amputations. Eggs, omelets. But those they oppress are brown, and a long way away, and so American "Progressives" give them a pass. Can't be judgmental, can we? I mean, it's not like those evil fundamentalists in Fly Over country who might not make TV commercials with gays.
Once in place, they institute a reign of terror against anyone (mostly women) who refuses to accept their rules. Bennoune makes it clear that many countries where this happened were places were the Muslims were moderate. (This is what Sole Woyinka said about his native Nigeria, too. See here.) Either the women wore no headscarves, or they wore different ones from those which the fundamentalists wanted them to wear. They lived in harmony with Christians or even secularists. They had their own traditions about how Islam worked, which may have included local saints (as in Mali) or else a Sufi strain (as in Chechnya). But suddenly everyone’s lives were made hellish by all the new rules. Women have to cover up. Women can’t use cellphones. One can’t listen to music or watch sports. Or, in one place, one can’t drink water standing up or use pressure cookers . Or women are blamed for natural disasters if they don’t cover up . Those who object are often beaten or else threatened and even killed. In Mali, there have been lots of amputations.
I mean, that's oppression.