“Infidel” is the personal story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who, after a . I feel like my imagination isn’t big enough to even begin to comprehend what life. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali – One of today’s most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the. Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s brave and inspiring memoir traces her journey from “Life on earth is a test, and I was failing it, even though I was trying as.

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Ayaan made a short film with Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh. Girls who chose their own boyfriends were beaten half to death or murdered. I’m kind of shell-shocked. This mind-set makes the transition to modernity very painful for all who practice Islam. She says she feels at home in America, a nation of immigrants. The majority blamed Hirsi Ali. A book I lie probably never forget! Some who have written ibfidel stories have faced shunning and abuse but have not had to face have death threats that were both institutional and international.

The message of this book, is that we in the West would be wrong to prolong the pain of that transition unnecessarily, by elevating cultures full of bigotry and hatred toward women to the stature of respectable alternative ways of life. What an incredible woman, and what an incredible communicator. These alone are HUGE setbacks in cultures where education is highly valued.

Faith schools have to go, all faith schools. They indicate that the veil is just one interpretation of how a female expresses modesty. If you believe in the right of freedom of lai, she says, you have to defend that right. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Last year when Garton Ash chaired a discussion with Hirsi Ali at the ICA, he seemed both to admire the incisiveness of her quietly spoken logic and to wince at its unshakeable conclusions.

They had to undergo physicals and psychological testing to make sure they would be the best representative of Miss Muslimah and a shining example to Muslim women all over the world.

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The kind of thinking I saw in Saudi Arabia, and among the Muslim Brotherhood in Kenya and Somalia, is incompatible with wli rights and liberal values. Certainly in my life I have known bar flies who maybe rated a dope slap but the constant abuse and mistreatment of any woman rates as a punishable sin. At a young age they may be coerced into an arranged marriage. Ayaan shockingly reveals the horrific fate of rape victims in Islam who are blamed for being raped and murdered or tortured.


It was really a huge shock with big impact across the Europe. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read.

The story of her escape to freedom in Holland, the warmth of her reception there, and the impact it had on her, was one of the many times I got emotional reading this book. Even before then, her attacks on Islamic culture as “brutal, bigoted, [and] fixated on controlling women” had generated much controversy.

Taking the fight to Islam

But she will never see that herself. Apart from feelings of guilt over van Gogh’s death, her voice is forceful and unbowed—like Irshad Manji, she lufe a powerful feminist critique of Islam informed ky a genuine understanding of the religion.

You couldn’t prevent your husband from leaving you or taking another wife, ahaan you could have some of your dignity if you didn’t have to beg him for financial support. Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. This happens about two-thirds through the book, so by the time she makes her escape, I was almost numb to the brutality of her existenance as a female Muslim. Even in “trashy” novels she observed that a Western woman had a role of hirdi own, could be independent and make decisions.

I don’t know that I agree with all of Hirsi Ali’s actions or arguments. Again Hirsi Ali does not look around for a fence to sit on. Former Muslims, like Ali are ‘apostates. There is not a single traditional religion or culture that has not played a role in the denigration of women.

She says the fundamental problem in countries that accept this is their religion – Islam. I was taken aback by some of her generalized statements concerning Muslims. A man would be a good husband if he doesn’t beat his wife, this is what the author’s girlfriends hoped for growing up.

There are many bigots in our countries, there is no doubt of that, but there are real concerns about Islam in the West that are not bigoted by any stretch of the rational imagination. To watch passively as my countrymen abuse women and slaughter each other in pointless disputes?


Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

You will see Islam through her eyes and feel her fear, and anger. It would also be going too far to say the deep down all Christians are the same as the hellfire breathing fundamentalists. I found myself thinking that the Koran is not a holy document. Watching iinfidel discover democracy and a country where people don’t routinly kill one another is most amazing.

Is female genital mutilation performed on young girls on the kitchen table in the middle of Europe religious freedom? That Muslims were generally brought up to despise Jews above all others, but Christians too.

Was innovation therefore forbidden to Muslims? While there hrsi became an interpreter for the government and an advocate for the rights of Muslim immigrant women. Christians, the mother thinks are dirty, jirsi, stink and will infect them with “hideous diseases” uirsi calls them It is making me think we blame Fundamentalism all the time as though that was a very small group ibfidel people but what I am hearing in this book is making me think it is a great deal more widespread than that.

She went into Dutch politics and later became well known for her collaboration with Theo Gogh to highlight the situation of Muslim wome This is a fascinating autobiography describing a Muslim childhood and upbringing in Somalia, Kenya and Saudi Arabia. But not any more. It was very different from the diluted religion of her grandmother, which was mixed with magical practices and pre-Islamic beliefs. I could tell the story that we in the Third World have things that the West could learn from, which is obviously true, but that isn’t what I wanted to show.

Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. It is certainly not my experience. She also became famous for her speeches and holding up the “art mirror” to Muslim society, in particular its treatment of women and others who are, mildly putting it, pushed off to the sidelines.