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Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 18, 2010
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The memoir is divided into four distinct sections, "A Problem Family", "Nomad Again", "Sex, Money, Violence" and "Remedies".
In "A Problem Family" she is reunited with her father on his deathbed in London. Ayaan publicly renounced Islam after of the 9-11 bombings causing her entire extended family to disown her, a rift that lasted until June 2008. She reconnects with her mother(one of her father's 4 wives), brother and cousins after her father's death. If you have read "Infidel" you know about the violent, dysfunctional world that made up her childhood. She finds little has changed, describing it as 'Gender Apartheid'.
Ayaan recounts her years making the rounds in the lecture circuit in "Nomad Again". She speaks against female genital mutilation, honor killings, and the control of female will through the veil. She notes American naviete disbelieving that these atrocities happen in Muslim communities within the USA. Ayaan counsels against complacency of the rise of Islam in America, believing younger and more impressionable people will be radicalized through slick jihadist tactics. She reminds us the Ft Hood killer was not indoctrinated into radical Muslim beliefs in an Islamic country but in the United States where he was a member of the our military.
"Sex, Money and Violence" deals with obstacles to true integration of Muslim communities in the West. Western education (critical thinking) is in direct contrast to Islamic teachings, especially the education of females.Read more ›
And then, in 1928, something happened that was to change the course of modern Islamic history. A group of Sunni Egyptians formed what became the Moslem Brotherhood, a group whose central tenet was that the Koran should be the "sole reference point for ... ordering the life of the Muslim family, individual, community ... and state." They had a lofty goal: To remake the entire world in this image. The movement grew, and one of its converts was a scholar by the name of Hirsi Magan Isse- the father of author Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Despite her father's elevated status and education, Ali was treated from the beginning in a way that seems frightening, almost primitive, to those of us raised in the West. Women in her world, she tells us, are mere chattel, the property of their fathers or husbands, kept only to bear sons or perform labor, and easily discarded when they no longer serve this purpose, or fall out of favor. Hirsi Ali's Grandmother was such a women, abandoned by her own husband when she did not produce any sons who lived to maturity.Read more ›
Comparing a religious defection to a physical escape from slavery is an inherently specious analogy--or is it? Wouldn't it be like comparing the body count of Nat Turner's Rebellion to that of suicide bombers and holy assassins? Slavery has a long, ugly history in human affairs, but has at last been eradicated in the modern world. Its few remaining pockets (and advocates) are virtually all in pre-modern Islamic countries. So maybe linking slavery and Islam isn't such a stretch.
One common way of distinguishing cults and religions is by the degree they seek to control believers. The word "Islam" itself means submission and as Ayaan's stories show, submission is the defining feature of Islamic life--escalating exponentially if you're female. Many Islamic women are de facto slaves. The second most common Muslim name is "Abdullah", the Slave of God. Mohammed (the ideal Muslim) executed and enslaved his enemies and their families en masse. Blasphemy or leaving the faith is a capital crime. By this "control standard" Islam, despite its billion plus adherents is more a cult than the Branch Davidians; the prophet outdoes Rev. Jim Jones.Read more ›
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This book wassuggested for our book club. Everyone, including the person who suggested it, agreed it was not a good choice.Published 5 hours ago by Edward Fullerton
I mainly want to comment about the editorial comments, in particular Publishers Weekly. HIrsi Ali grew up in this culture. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean E. Terry
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a courageous individual. I thank her for educating me on what everyone else is so afraid to talk about.Published 1 month ago by James E Milas
Important perspective for the world to know about Islam and Muslims. No nonsense.Published 2 months ago by Hoyt C.
This brave woman knows what shes writing about, having experienced the abuse and injustice of Islamic culture and religion towards women first hand. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Israel Sushman
As usual, this is another awesome book by this author. Thank you Ayaan for sharing your story and point of view.Published 2 months ago by shadirocks
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