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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Author of Infidel

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia and raised a Muslim. She grew up in Africa and Saudi Arabia before seeking asylum in 1992 in the Netherlands, where she went from cleaning factories to winning a seat in the Dutch Parliament. She is a speaker, journalist, and founder of the AHA Foundation. She show more has written several books including Infidel, Nomad, The Caged Virgin, and Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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De Bijbel opnieuw vertaald (2004) — Contributor — 7 copies
Onder de sluier : anthologie (2004) — Contributor — 6 copies

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BooksInMirror | 192 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
INFIDEL begins and ends with the terrifying murder of Theo Van Gogh.

We wish bodyguards to continue to protect her away from the fate of Salman Rushdie.

Though Ayaan Hirsi Ali remains protective in some strong ways of her family,
her childhood was wrecked by horror and her sister was crippled by their mutilation.

Her escape from all the displacement and the Muslim dictates for women was a human created miracle.
 
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m.belljackson | 192 other reviews | Feb 19, 2024 |
Gave up on this book about 2/3 through. She needed a better editor so you don't get bogged down in the first half. I quit as soon as our book group met to discuss because I got the gist of the rest of the book in the discussion. Nevertheless, this is a profound and widespread human rights topic that isn't minimized by my abandoning the book.
 
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jemisonreads | 192 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
Ali is one of my favorite religious/atheist authors. Most of the English speaking atheist authors come from Christian backgrounds and marginally or fully secular societies. Most of us have never experienced compelled religion. Most of us have never been physically harmed because of religion.

That's not the case with Ayaan. So her opinions carry a lot of weight with me. As she says in the book, the United States and other western nations are not [b:The Handmaid's Tale|38447|The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)|Margaret Atwood|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1578028274l/38447._SY75_.jpg|1119185], Muslim nations are. We allow them to roll back the West's progress in the emancipation of women at a huge cost - We are allowing women to once again become prey for sexual predators. Her numbers are in order. She decries the idea that it's racism. The ideals that force women back into hiding are religious and patriarchal.

She offers solutions near the end of the book, which I found practical on a surface level. Obviously, she's very pro-immigration and wants genuine refugees to prosper in the west.

She never touches on the insanity of religious fundamentalism, which is present in all religions, but that's a nastier subject that she's dealt with in other books.
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