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Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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After a harrowing childhood lived according to a particularly strict interpretation of Muslim law, Somali-born Ali (Infidel) escaped to Europe rather than move to Canada to marry a man she'd never met. Arriving in Holland, she soon became an international cause célèbre for her willingness to publicly denounce the uglier sides of Islamic culture, particularly as in certain regions it oppresses women and girls. Many personal stories are repeated from her earlier accounts, but here Ali adds the story of her immigration to the U.S., and as always, her writing can be moving, as she bares heartrending moments such as her father's death. But with this third memoir, she has become tiresomely repetitive, and her wholesale condemnation of an entire religion and the multiple cultures it has engendered is so sweeping and comprehensive, and her faith in Western values (particularly her romantic view of Christianity) is so wide-eyed, that the book ultimately reads like a callow exercise in expressing the author's own sense of aggrievement. (May)
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While a few critics embraced Hirsi Ali for her intellectual integrity and bravery, most found her indictment of Islam too hard to swallow. Several reviewers argued that it is nearly impossible to generalize about a religion with more than one billion adherents. Others wrote that Hirsi Ali seems both oblivious to situations where Islam has brought peace and meaning into people's lives and naive about American culture, nomadic as she has been. But even the strongest critics of the book found something to admire in Hirsi Ali's personal story of survival and self-transformation. That said, if you haven't read her first memoir, start there--it's by far the better book.
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An extraordinary read for its' honesty, challenges, and women will find in her words something that will resonate deeply within
in spite of the different culture. She is a superb writer and omits nothing of her own mistakes, takes full responsibility for
herself and at the same time expresses true empathy for those who still are suppressed, oppressed including her own family.
She espouses the benefit of critical thinking and ways we in this country can be helpful to ourselves and Muslem
communities within out own borders. She is a strong, thoughtful and courageous advocate for ALL women who are
oppressed. And she brings out the strength in those of us who are not to identify those things we CAN do to help others.
She is a purveyor of calling things by their "true names" for people alll over the world. I highly recommend not only THIS book but all
the books she has written.
She also writes beautifully and intimately. A real American heroine.
Her life reveals a woman of remarkable courage and resilience, and is a fascinating read: A Somali raised largely in Kenya, she fled from an arranged marriage by asking for asylum in the Netherlands, where she learned Dutch, earned a degree, and sat in the Dutch parliament. Political complications led her to emigrate to the United States, where she now holds an appointment at the American Enterprise Institute.