I am a Christian woman who feels strongly about the rights of women. In Ali's book I saw corollaries between the abuse of women in Islam and the abuse of women in Christiandom. I also saw corollaries between the way culture intertwines itself in the interpretation of the Koran and of the Bible.
Being an American, I had no idea what was going on in Europe in the Muslim communities. I also didn't know hardly anything about what it was like to grow up in the countries Ali did. This book taught me hard realities I was not aware of.
I think this is a great book and encourage everyone to read it. And remember, Islam is not the only religion that uses it's sacred texts to abuse women, there are Christians who do that also.