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Starred Review. Readers with an eye on European politics will recognize Ali as the Somali-born member of the Dutch parliament who faced death threats after collaborating on a film about domestic violence against Muslim women with controversial director Theo van Gogh (who was himself assassinated). Even before then, her attacks on Islamic culture as "brutal, bigoted, [and] fixated on controlling women" had generated much controversy. In this suspenseful account of her life and her internal struggle with her Muslim faith, she discusses how these views were shaped by her experiences amid the political chaos of Somalia and other African nations, where she was subjected to genital mutilation and later forced into an unwanted marriage. While in transit to her husband in Canada, she decided to seek asylum in the Netherlands, where she marveled at the polite policemen and government bureaucrats. Ali is up-front about having lied about her background in order to obtain her citizenship, which led to further controversy in early 2006, when an immigration official sought to deport her and triggered the collapse of the Dutch coalition government. Apart from feelings of guilt over van Gogh's death, her voice is forceful and unbowed—like Irshad Manji, she delivers a powerful feminist critique of Islam informed by a genuine understanding of the religion. 8-page photo insert. (Feb.)
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Although Ayaan Hirsi Ali remains Public Enemy #1 for radical Muslims, she refuses to be silenced. In this captivating memoiran act of courage itselfshe shares the evolution of her values, beliefs, and identity, all propelled by an urgent mission to educate Western countries about the bigotries of other nations. Set against a terrifying geopolitical landscape of African wars and Muslim fundamentalism, Hirsi Ali addresses timely topics: the plight of refugees and women; the Muslim clan system; forced marriage; political asylum; and, perhaps most significantly, her own personal religious crisis. Written in descriptive, clear prose, Infidel, with its radical feminist criticism of Islam, offers a disturbing view of the modern worldand inspired every critic who read it.
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This book reveals that the real life of Muslim women's under the darkness of IslamPublished 2 days ago by sunil varghese
A very good book. What she has to say is very hard to read but it must be said.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
That she survived at all the savage cruelty of her early years is amazing. That she went on to incredible achievement is inconceivable! Read morePublished 4 days ago by marjorie schlosberg
Wow! Great book! If you want an inside look at Islam through the life of a woman this is it. I learned a lot about Islam and about Islamic countries such as Somalia, Saudi... Read morePublished 7 days ago by steven romanzi
Excellent book for anyone who cares about women's issues, the future of Islam (reformation), and justice.Published 10 days ago by MD
Loved it! Very enlightening and thought provoking.Published 11 days ago by Health and budget conscious mom
What a monstrously clear story clarifying what have been my suspicions of Islam. She thought a lot about the religion of her birth. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Max Snook