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Infidel Paperback – April 1, 2008
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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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From Bookmarks Magazine
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.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The second half doesn't give the reader the same insight into the deeper levels of author's personal life. But this is all with good reason: now the topic of the book shifts to the issue of integration of the refugees in Holland. There are no easy situations and the author does not hesitate to give her clear and very persuasive views which can be also be at the same time very painful revelations.
This is great book which addresses timely topics.
I feel it is more important than any required reading she will be doing in four years at University for pre-med studies:
INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
INFIDEL by AYAAN HIRSI ALI is one of the most important books of our generation- a riveting and shocking historical "page turner", intriguing on every level, yet not fiction.
It is very well written and expressive, eliciting from the reader empathy and anger, outrage, shock, sadness, excitement, and all the other vicarious emotions that can be brought on by a "good read".
Her story must not be censored!
Her life story recounts wave after wave of events of how she overcame and escaped her existence in unbelievable war-torn cultural depravity to become a dignified and free woman, inspiring and remarkable in every way! Ali has survived and triumphed by her wits and courage!
Ali is one of the major voices of truth in our world today. From her story, we learn the circumstances that involved her in a world-shaking event in Holland, how she came to be there, where is she is today, and why.
Her life story is too amazing, and proof that it is deadly to speak the truth! Her courage, dignity, and brilliance brought her to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness out of the hardships and depravity in her culture of death, which she left behind... Ayann would be an inspiration to anyone!
What she has accomplished, endured, and overcome already in her life, has elevated her on the world stage as a truth teller and "prophet", warning of creeping sharia and intent of Islam for all other cultures and religions.
She is not just about women's rights or militant feminism, but her personal revelation of the unspeakably gruesome plight of muslim women must be exposed, documented, and heard.
Give this book to your teens and throw away the dumbing- down wizard series.