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Infidel (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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Title:Infidel
Authors:Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Info:Free Press (2008), Edition: 1st ptg thus, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:Reviewed, Read but unowned
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Tags:non-fiction, 2012-around-the-world, biography, memoir, autobiography, current affairs, politics, Islam, Religion, feminism, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Holland, Netherlands, Africa, Muslims, Saudi Arabia

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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (2007)

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This is a stunning memoir. Ayaan Hirsi Ali describes her early childhood in Somali. Displaced from her home at an early age because of her father's activism, she grew up in various countries: Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya. With each move she describes the differences in culture, the prejudices and struggles. I was surprised at the level of domestic violence and instability in her home, at the brutal description of female circumcision- although I had a general idea of that.There was a lot in this book that shook me up. A lot of the early portion of the book is about her upbringing, her family's dynamics, her curiosity about sexuality, her observations of women being oppressed, her exploration into different aspects of Islam and the beginning of her questioning. I learned so much about other cultures different from mine.

She left Kenya to avoid an arranged marriage, moved to Holland and managed to get asylum as a refugee. With a fabricated story and a changed name. She admitted many times to having lied to get into the country, and talks about the problems that caused her later on. As a new immigrant she worked hard to learn about Dutch culture, to learn the language, to study and find jobs- starting with factory work and eventually as a translator. Even when discouraged by other, she insisted on taking classes and exams until she got into a renowned University and pursued a political science degree. She really wanted to know why Holland was so clean, peaceful and well-run when her home country was in turmoil and full of violence. She was fascinated by how government functions, became a research assistant for a political party and then was voted into the Parliament herself, after only having lived in the country for a decade. I was impressed.

Working as a translator with Somalis who found themselves in all kinds of unpleasant and dire circumstances, she had learned how prevalent violence towards women was among the immigrant community. When she became involved in politics she was very outspoken against Islamic practices and for the rights of women. Also about how children were educated, how the Islamic community isolated itself and more. Her remarks were often inflammatory and very controversial, and her direct criticism of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad caused an uproar. A filmmaker collaborated with her on a short film to make a statement about the mistreatment of Muslim women- using quotes from the Quran. It caused the death of the filmmaker and she had to go into hiding. There was a scandal about her status as a Dutch citizen and she left the country to live in the United States.

It is an awesome book. I was worried the politics and litany of names would make for difficult reading but in fact I found it pretty compelling all the way through. I was fascinated to read about another culture, another way of thinking, and particularly to see her intellectual awakening as she began to question her own religion and upbringing, eventually arriving at atheism. I greatly admire her ethics and drive to help others, even if her delivery method and statements often seemed deliberately offensive.

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1 vote jeane | Jul 8, 2014 |
This book was both engaging and informative. An example of one person's evolution from one life to a different life, and how her instincts and preferences changed as well. I rarely make it through entire books, but despite having a busy schedule and other obligations, I kept coming back to read more. ( )
  birdforbeans | Jul 2, 2014 |
borrowed from Yujin

So interesting to read about Islam as written by a disillusioned Muslim. She's an amazing woman. ( )
  Susanna.Dilliott | Apr 23, 2014 |
Every now and then you read a book that is so powerful that you know it will remain with you a long, long time...this is one of them. The author is a Muslim woman born in Somalia who lived in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya before fleeing an arranged marriage to a man she had not met. Taking refuge in Holland, Ayaan continued her education, earned a masters degree in political science, Dutch citizenship and then became a member of parliament where she was a staunch critic of islam and an advocate for oppressed and abused Muslim women. Theo Van Gogh was so impressed with her message that he made the movie “Submission” for which she wrote the script and for which in broad daylight in the middle of the road he was murdered by a Muslim fanatic. This is an excellent book that I found I couldn’t put down. You don’t have to agree with her to appreciate the points that she makes in this book. ( )
  mlbelize | Jan 27, 2014 |
This was a very interesting memoir of a Somalian-born woman who rebels against her famiy's fundamentalist Islamic beliefs. The first half of the book is tough reading due to the subject matter, but definitely worth it. The story is well-written, well-paced and compelling. The author has caused me to rethink my understanding of Islam. ( )
  LoisB | Dec 18, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743289692, Paperback)

Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world’s attention with Infidel, her coming-of-age memoir, which spent thirty-one weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of today’s most admired and controversial political figures. She burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened she would be next; and she made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and forced to resign from the Dutch Parliament.

Infidel shows the coming of age of this elegant, distinguished—and sometimes reviled—political superstar and champion of free speech—the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice done in the name of religion. Raised in a strict Muslim family, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female circumcision, brutal beatings, an adolescence as a devout believer, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four countries under dictatorships. She escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she fought for the rights of Muslim women and the reform of Islam, earning her the enmity of reactionary Islamists and craven politicians.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her life story. An advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

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