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The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam Hardcover – April 25, 2006
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Well-known feminist Ali was named as the next target of outraged Muslims in a letter pinned with a knife to the chest of slain Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, murdered in 2004. Ali was the screenwriter on Van Gogh's film Submission, which questions the individual's relationship with God through the eyes of five Muslim women. In this book, which includes the text of Submission and new essays, Ali criticizes Western nations for deliberately overlooking aspects of Muslim culture that oppress women. In their struggle to integrate ideals of individualism with respect for other cultures, the West leaves Muslim women at the mercy of a "culture of virginity" that oppresses women and threatens their liberty and their lives. Ali details abuses, from genital mutilation to arranged marriages of young girls to domestic violence, suffered by female Muslims. Ali, originally from Somalia and a member of the Dutch Parliament, challenges Western culture and Islam to honestly confront issues of religion and individual freedom in this compelling look at Islam and gender politics. Vanessa Bush
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, was raised Muslim, and spent her childhood and young adulthood in Africa and Saudi Arabia. In 1992, Hirsi Ali came to the Netherlands as a refugee. She earned her college degree in political science and worked for the Dutch Labor party. She denounced Islam after the September 11 terrorist attacks and now serves as a Dutch parliamentarian, fighting for the rights of Muslim women in Europe, the enlightenment of Islam, and security in the West.
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I highly recommend reading this book and the others, "Infidel" and "Nomad". All are page turners - many page turners of horror - but WE NEED TO READ THESE TRUTHS. We need to be active in protecting women and girls from Islam here in the USA and other countries. God Bless Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Yes, I know she is now an atheist, and at the same time, she highly recommends Christians to preach the love of Jesus Christ to Muslim women. I totally agree.
Remember when Jesus held the rock in his hand when the Pharisees brought the adulterous woman to him for the crowd to stone her. "You who are without sin, caste the first stone." Islam still has the stone, and uses them.
We need to stay their hand.
Ms. Ali makes it clear in her writing that my own approach of defending Muslims against Islamaphobic Westerners is wrong, and a big part of the problem that perpetuates the abuse and suffering of Muslim women. But still, I have to ask: who am I to engage in judging, criticizing, and telling Muslim women (who appear content and not deprived) that they are in dire situations that they should get out of? I get what Ms. Ali says, and I trust in the verity of her assertions - she writes about her first-hand experiences and observations. Yet, I am not an imperialist nor am I inclined to pretend that I know what's best for people who live differently than I do. My thoughts are provoked by this book - and by this admirable and brave writer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.