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5.0 out of 5 stars A most remarkable book., March 17, 2007
This review is from: Infidel (Hardcover)
Every now and then, something truly remarkable is written. This book falls into that category. I have read very few books which hit me as hard as this book did.

This is a remarkable woman. She has crossed an impassable divide, and has been able to reach the other side--after considerable suffering, work, and tears. Her journey has not yet ended. I would imagine much more awaits her. She seems to be fated to say what many do not wish to hear.

How well does anyone in the west understand Islam, and all the things it does to people? Do we really understand female genital mutilation, beaten women, arranged marriages, the compuslive need to hide the feminine, and the complete loss of individual freedom? Americans still don't have a clue. This book makes a very real effort to explain a few things. It is painful, but important reading.

One can read the various books on Islam--with great value. This book makes it personal, and painful. It is time the west came to its senses, and faced reality. It is not "one world," all cultures are not equal in value, and the individual matters much more than the collective living in darkness.

On a more mundane level, the book is well-written, gripping, heart wrenching, powerful, painful, touching, and impossible to put down. Read it, and you, too, will feel its remarkable value--and message.

I wish this wonderful woman well . She has done so very much to open our eyes.
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Initial post: Mar 18, 2007 11:46:59 PM PDT
I couldn't agree more. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2007 7:05:20 AM PDT
Jeff Peirce says:
It is a fabulous book, isn't it?

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 10:52:45 AM PST
Female genital mutiliation is not required by Islam. It is a cultural, not a religious practice, and Christians as well as Muslims perform it. Organizations in Africa are working to educate women and eliminate FGM, and in many countries laws have been passed to make it a crime to 'circumcize' a girl.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2011 9:44:56 AM PDT
EdyBaby says:
I absolutely agree, Elaine! Islam does not recommend genital mutilation and definitely does not say it is mandatory. Unfortunately, many of the horrible things that Hirsi experienced were culturally enforced and not based in true Islam.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2011 11:04:11 AM PDT
Nearenough says:
The Koran deems that women are worth half the value of a man. Things go rapidly downhill into the Islamic pit of superstition and barbarism.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2014 6:18:14 AM PDT
Miriam Burg says:
This is false! NO Christians do this! Stop trying to MINIMILIZE this ISLAMIC practice. It is ISLAM. Not just in Africa...every muslim society.
IS is now demanding that all women have this gruesome torture, meaning the chrisitans in the areas they are sweeping through.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2014 6:24:28 AM PDT
Miriam Burg says:
Stop trying to minimalize this barbaric and gruesome practice by MUSLIMS by saying it is not true Islam.
female genital mutilation is ISLAM. The next thing the little girls have to look forward to is being a pre-pubescent child bride, and if they survive, they are passed around all the males in the family. Get real! There can be NO excuses made for this practice. NONE! Who ever even heard of such a thing until people started becoming educated about Islam.
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