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Must-Read By a Heroine of World Historical Importance,
This review is from: Infidel (Hardcover)
"Infidel" by Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a must-read book by a heroine of world historical importance.
Years from now, maybe even centuries from now, her depth and integrity, and the depth and integrity of others like her, will still be having a positive impact on the world.
Please don't misunderstand this book. "Infidel" is NOT a right-wing tract or a left-wing tract; it is not a feminist pamphlet or an apologia for the West. "Infidel" is NOT an attack on Muslims.
"Infidel" is a beautifully written work of art. If you were living on another planet, where there were no Muslims, no Westerners, no 9-11, you would still want to read this book for its profound human depth and its literary value.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali takes the particular -- her own extraordinary life lived in Africa, Saudia Arabia, Europe and North America, lived as a hyper- devout Muslim and lived as a new atheist -- and, with the clarity of an electron microscope, depicting every detail, she creates a work of universal resonance.
Have you ever been afraid to defy convention? Have you ever suffered to learn that your family's and people's traditions were not as benign as you had been taught to believe? Have you ever witnessed injustice and not known what to do? Have you ever wanted to be a hero or a heroine?
If so, then you will see yourself in this book, even given its exotic details.
Its exotic details include a heartbreaking scene that describes how madrassah -- Koran school -- pupils brutalized a girl they dubbed "kintirleey," that is, a girl whose private female anatomy had not yet been mutilated, as per Muslim-African custom.
This scene is written in the most simple of language. You could read it with the television on in the background. And yet it falls on your heart with the weight of lead.
What makes Ayaan Hirsi Ali a voice of world historical importance is partly her great art, exhibited here; it is also her shining courage. Simply, in an age where truth is penalized, banned, distorted, Ayaan Ali Hirsi simply speaks the truth.
Hirsi Ali refuses to participate in nonsense. I want to type a word other than "nonsense" -- B.S.
Hirsi Ali resists lies. That insistence on truth has made her life hard. She and her colleague, Theo van Gogh, made the film "Submission," about the fate of women in Islam. A Muslim assassin killed van Gogh on a public street, shooting him, stabbing him, slitting his throat, and, with a knife blade, affixing a note to his chest; the note threatened Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The words you read in "Infidel" have a high price. Hirsi Ali lives in constant danger for telling the truth.
This book is so good and so important, that one knows that Ayaan Hirsi Ali's great courage is worth any price.
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Initial post: Mar 5, 2007, 10:35:05 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2007, 12:38:43 AM PST
I haven't read this book, but it's obviously very good, judging from the reaction. Even leftist/feminist critics are scared by this book, which means it must threaten the ongoing efforts in the West to 'accept' the brutality practiced by many in the name is Islam. They are so scared that even a book like Ali's, which as the reviewer explains is primarily autobiographical as opposed to political, incited immediate rebukes.
Posted on Mar 8, 2007, 8:24:28 PM PST
David Kobia says:
Your review alone has inspired me to get the book. Ayaan's importance to the human race is being realized now more than ever. Her courage and persistence to this cause leave a lasting impact on us all. Indeed, each and every one of us can learn something from her - different races, genders, geographical locations... everyone.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 8, 2007, 8:46:56 PM PST
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just me says:
Posted on Mar 9, 2007, 11:43:01 AM PST
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K. Himed says:
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2007, 4:05:29 AM PDT
Jan H says:
To K Himed: what nonsense - female genital mutilation goes on in several muslim countries even though in some it is not as prevalent as it once was. My advice is: don't get too upset if people criticise Islam or you'll burst a blood vessel!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 23, 2007, 6:51:58 PM PDT
look at your postings. You are tired and need to give it up. Nobody cares.