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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), Paperback, 384 pages
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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (2007)

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THis book was great she tells a great story and it kept me captivated the entire time....I loved it ( )
  LaBla | Feb 6, 2016 |
Ayaan's story was fascinating. The book is autobiographical, and begins with her earliest childhood memories, full of Somali culture and what it was like growing up in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya. Only in the last part of the book does current events and politics catch up. Her thought process as she examines women's roles in Islamic culture and examining her own religion is very powerful. It makes it very easy to understand how women endure so much. Highly recommended reading! ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
Ayaan's story was fascinating. The book is autobiographical, and begins with her earliest childhood memories, full of Somali culture and what it was like growing up in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya. Only in the last part of the book does current events and politics catch up. Her thought process as she examines women's roles in Islamic culture and examining her own religion is very powerful. It makes it very easy to understand how women endure so much. Highly recommended reading! ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
Ayaan's story was fascinating. The book is autobiographical, and begins with her earliest childhood memories, full of Somali culture and what it was like growing up in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya. Only in the last part of the book does current events and politics catch up. Her thought process as she examines women's roles in Islamic culture and examining her own religion is very powerful. It makes it very easy to understand how women endure so much. Highly recommended reading! ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
No matter what your opinions or beliefs, it is important to regularly interrogate them. To confront and consider the views of those with whom we disagree.

I have watched Ayaan Hirsi Ali in interviews and already knew that I disagreed with what she espouses, so I approached her book with a great deal of trepidation. What I found was a well-written, fascinating story of a life so different from my own that it defies my comprehension.

There are two parts to this book, though, in my opinion, they do not match those published, which separate Hirsi Ali's life in Africa and the Middle East from her life in the Netherlands. To my mind, the first follows her journey with her faith: her childhood, her family, and her initial exposure to life in the West. The second tracks her political life, providing a platform for her to voice her perspective on Islam and its position in Dutch society.

I still do not agree with her opinions but I respect Ayaan Hirsi Ali's life and her bravery. A very worthwhile read. ( )
  LordKinbote | Jan 22, 2016 |
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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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