Oct 22, 2020
Infidel
Posted by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

One of today s most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened that she would be next She made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and resigned from the Dutch Parliament.Infidel shows the coming of age of this distinguished politicaOne of today s most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened that she would be next She made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and resigned from the Dutch Parliament.Infidel shows the coming of age of this distinguished political superstar and champion of free speech as well as the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice Raised in a strict Muslim family, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female mutilation, brutal beatings, adolescence as a devout believer during the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four troubled, unstable countries ruled largely by despots She escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she earned a college degree in political science, tried to help her tragically depressed sister adjust to the West, and fought for the rights of Muslim women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament Under constant threat, demonized by reactionary Islamists and politicians, disowned by her father, and expelled from family and clan, she refuses to be silenced.Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali s story tells how a bright little girl evolves out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter As Western governments stru

  • Title: Infidel
  • Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • ISBN: 9780743289689
  • Page: 207
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Infidel One of today s most admired and controversial political figures Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened that she would b

    Petra X

    I was watching the BBC s Muslim Beauty Pageant and Me hosted by and starring Dina Torkia, an English Muslim who wears hijab, not the black stuff but pretty fabrics I thought this is going to be good Balance I m going to see that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is feverishly hysterical and that what she says might apply to the immigrants from Africa and even so from Arabia, but not to British Muslims.The girls, who all wore hijab and a lot of makeup looked very pretty They had to undergo physicals and psycholog [...]


    sisraelt

    MARCH 25, 2015Immensely disliked this book and tired of all the comments so I took down my review Moving on


    Lyn

    Any woman born as a Muslim who has the courage to write a book openly critical of Islam has my respect A woman who has the brass to title that same book Infidel has my rapt attention Infidel by Ayann Hasli Ali is shocking, brutally honest, and captivating This woman s courage and resilience are a testimony to the human spirit The letters and phone calls between her and her father are painfully real and troubling, especially when read in the context of the harshness and violence of the culture fr [...]


    andreas

    Infidel is the personal story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who, after a loveless childhood to put it very mildly , came to Holland at the age of 20 claiming refugee status to escape an arranged and forced marriage, and to assert her independence She was accepted, found her way around, studied political science, became a citizen, fell away from Islam, and became a member of Parliament In 2004 she and Theo van Gogh made the short film Submission Part 1 , which resulted in Theo s getting kill [...]


    Caroline

    I m kind of shell shocked The squishy Liberal views that have, up to now, dominated my concepts about immigration, multiculturalism, integration, Islam, the burqa, and a live and let live philosophy, have all been shaken and stirred beyond recognition Hirsi Ali is an extraordinary woman, to have survived and risen above her incredibly dysfunctional upbringing Dysfunctional in part because her family was rife with superstition, anger, and violence largely because her mother was a volatile and dep [...]


    Amari

    Last week, I heard a colleague ranting about Islam and women s rights He was reading this book and espousing Hirsi Ali s views The next day, I lent him my copy of the Quran so that he d have some background on the basic text of the religion he was trashing I tend to find that all of the major religious tomes are ridiculous, hopelessly outdated, and that it s not a flaw in religion but a fault of those interpreting fundamental texts in fundamentalist ways when religion becomes less a spiritual un [...]


    Amanda R

    I feel like my imagination isn t big enough to even begin to comprehend what life is like growing up in Somalia, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia as a female Muslim with an absent father and an abusive mother Even though Ayaan does a good job covering her youth and describing her life to those who have no frame of reference for that kind of life, it still is hard to imagine It goes without saying that those of us born and raised in the United States have been so amply blessed its almost beyond comprehens [...]


    Milan/zzz

    If I ever decide to make a list of the most important books I ve read Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali would surely find its place on it.First time I ve heard about Miss Hirsi Ali it was after murder of Theo Van Gogh because of his film Submission part one which he made in collaboration with Hirsi Ali Theo has been shoot and slaughtered in the middle of the day and the letter for Hirsi Ali in which assassin is promising the same to her was staked with knife in Theo s chest It was really a huge shock w [...]


    Tanja Berg

    This would have been a four star rating, but I m upping it to five because this book has significantly altered my world view I ve been one of those western liberals, thinking that Islam is mostly about peace and that the violence of it stems only from the fanatics I m revising that stance now and am wondering how I could ever have been so blind.Here in Norway, where I live, everyone is ever so willing to adapt to immigrants We change our school traditions so that we do not offend people who have [...]


    Chris

    Some of the reviews on GoodReads for Infidel have accused Ayaan Hirsi Ali of using the platform of autobiography to expound her political views and have suggested that any American reading this book may not pick up on a perceived subtlety of doing so whereas, one suspects, in Holland this is quite obvious My response to this is of course she has Any autobiography worth reading has to be than a simple cataloging of life s events otherwise it would simply be a journal Imagine reading Bill Clinton [...]


    Jessaka

    So Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and other atheists really love her story and offer it as proof that Islam is an evil religion, but of course so are all religions to them The new atheist writers desire to destroy all religious beliefs of others I watch Bill Maher, and I love his ideas and beliefs, but just not those on religion I know better to not agree with the other atheist writers too Nothing is all bad or good For as many books on the evil of religion that are produced, I can find just as many th [...]


    T.S.

    This masquerades as pure autobiography of the daughter of an iconic Somali revolutionary, who was absent for most of her life and left her, her brother, and her sister to be cared for by a heavy handed grandmother and an abusive mother If I were rating the review as an autobiography, I would give it an additional star As an autobiography, it does not let you down, although it does drag a little slower towards the end.When reading this book, however, you quickly realize that there is somewhat of [...]


    Mikey B.

    A Remarkable Transition What a transition this individual has gone through This autobiography describes the Somalian author s early life in Mogadishu, Saudi Arabia, and Nairobi, Kenya Most of it is repressive She was beaten routinely by her grandmother and mother She had to do household chores while her older brother went out with his friends She was also genitally excised clitoris and labia removed the sole purpose being to inhibit sexual enjoyment It is another way to inhibit a woman s self de [...]


    Debbie "DJ"

    This book opened my eyes to the Muslim world and completely changed my views It is remarkable what one woman can do to affect change I cannot recommend highly enough, especially for women.


    Mary

    I first saw Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Real Time with Bill Maher a year or two ago and quickly placed her book on my to read list It was weird because I tried several times to order the book and it kept getting cancelled from several different vendors Eerie Especially when you consider that Hirsi Ali is such a controversial figure who lives her life with bodyguards under the threat of death to this day.It s a fascinating story A young girl from a fundamentalist Muslim family in war torn Somalia, Saudi A [...]


    Peggy Sue

    This book is a must read for all people trying to understand the Muslim attitude and outlook Hirsi Asaan Ali is a courageous woman who has given us a peek into her mind on what a Muslim thinks I quote so you can see how powerful she is We Muslims had been taught to define life on earth as a passage, a test that precedes real life in the Hereafter In that test, everyone should ideally live in a manner resembling, as closely as possible, the followers of the Prophet Didn t this inhibit investment [...]


    Patricia

    I found that her view of Islam was extremely negative and she sounded bitter then she exclaimed The situations that she faced in a closed society where women s rights are pretty much non existent I felt somewhat tainted Her opinions and descriptions about Islam They were quite biased and one sided and at most times I felt resentment then honesty which is quite sad, she brought though some very good points about mutilation and the rights of women in such societies But got distracted with blamin [...]


    Peggy

    oh gosh only 30 pages into this book and I m not sure I can read itFemale castration mutilation this isn t in the dark ages this happens in mid 1970 and still happens today This is an incredible biography of a girl who was born in a country torn apart by war, in a continent mostly known for what goes wrong rather than right Measured by the standards of Somalia and Africa she states she is privileged to be alive and thriving.She states Where I grew up, death is a constant visitor A virus, bacteri [...]


    Deena

    This is a great article on why I dislike this book, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali I m going to just copy and paste some excerpts outlining her biasesescavenger feminism Now, I m no fan of religion of any kind But Hirsi Ali s simultaneous condemnation of Islam and obvious admiration of Christianity was disturbing As with any religion or ideology, it s how it s practised that impacts on people s lives and on society.Many of Hirsi Ali s criticisms of Islam could be applied to fundamentalist Christianity unwa [...]


    Rebecca

    Just finished Infidel I leave the memoir with mixed feelings On the one hand, I appreciate the strides that the author has made in life, considering the huge obstacles she has overcome Additionally, I admire her outspokenness concerning women s issues I left the book feeling an even greater resolve to support organizations and charities that are working to level the gender playing field It causes me to reflect on my own personal practices and belief systems that work against equity of any type I [...]


    Negin

    A few months ago, I read Murder in Amsterdam , about the murder of Van Gogh s great grand nephew, Theo, back in 2004 Theo Van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian refugee had recently produced a short documentary about the treatment of women in Islam He was killed first and she was meant to be next She has been under continuous death threats since that time Infidel is an amazing book, the first one I ve read by Ayaan Hirsi Ali I definitely plan on reading I cannot say that it s a book that I en [...]


    Libby

    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali There are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice Ayaan Hirsi Ali, InfidelFTC NOTICE Library BookREVIEW Ayaan Hirsi Ali did it again she easily pulled a five star rating out of me for a second time I had inadvertently read Nomad before Infidel because I did not have knowledge of this book as being her first one.Once I started reading, Infidel, I was hoping that she would not simply re state everything I had already read in the other text She did not In fa [...]


    Mike (the Paladin)

    I m not putting this on any shelf except for Biography and history The subject matter may touch on other topics but i don t want to mislead nor put anyone off This book is informative, insightful, sad, frightening even horrifying I would say that this book is not to be missed.Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a young woman who was reared in a strict Islamic family and country This is the story of her journey through loss, pain danger, growth, development and it s still going on I m not going to say much about [...]


    Bruce

    Infidel is an amazing book, on many levels It s an amazing story, work of historical analysis, political philosophy, and dissection of Islam as viewed through the autobiography of a remarkable woman Ayaan Hirsi Ali Magan who will not fail to point out that among Muslim women, she is singularly fortunate Just look at what she has done through the power of logos mastered languages she is fluent in Somali, Arabic, Swahili, English, and Dutch , logistics she has negotiated her way from the post colo [...]


    howl of minerva

    An extraordinary woman Her criticism of Islam and of sociocultural practice in Islamic countries is for the most part measured and reasonable, though only her most extreme utterances get airtime She clearly states that female genital mutilation FGM is not an Islamic practice but a north African cultural one The extreme patriarchy, honour killings etc she criticises are similarly not Islamic per se, though they are often justified and perpetuated in the name of Islam The rosy spectacle religion o [...]


    Jody

    This book is the spiritual and intellectual odyssey of a very remarkable and courageous woman Ali was born in Somali and raised in a Muslim family She also lived in Ethopia and Kenya before fleeing to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage While there she became an interpreter for the government and an advocate for the rights of Muslim immigrant women She eventually became a citizen of that country and a representative to the Dutch parliament After she produced a film called Submission , [...]


    Michael

    This book is spectacular.I totally admire the honesty and the bravery of Ayaan Hirsi Ali She is a very impressive and important woman Her story of life, with it s many twists and turns, in various African and Middle Eastern countries as a child and a teenager is fascinating, and very revealing when it comes to the culture of Islam especially in relation to free thought and the treatment of women The story of her escape to freedom in Holland, the warmth of her reception there, and the impact it h [...]


    Louise

    There is obviously something wrong with a society that accepts the male right to kill a female who disobeys him, female genital mutilation and or the virtual enslavement of the female population Aayan Hirsi Ali minces no words She says the fundamental problem in countries that accept this is their religion Islam She traces these actions directly to the Koran and those who believe in it and or accept it.The initial chapters were the most interesting for me In describing the members of her own fam [...]


    Irene

    This is the memoir of a woman in flight As a child, she left Somalia fleeing political repression, than Saudi Arabia fleeing religious repression, than Kenya fleeing domestic repression and physical abuse, and as a young adult living in Holland, she fled the repression of a strict moral code and the Islamic faith that embodied it Ayaan introduced me to cultures that I know little about I admire the resilience and strength of this woman.


    Lisa

    This is an amazing story of a very courageous woman She was raised as a Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya For so many years of struggling with the inequalities and injustices for women in the Islam religion she runs away to Holland as a refugee to avoid an arranged marriage She becomes a citizen and political figure who fights for women s rights from Muslim worlds In doing so she has lost her family ties and also stays in hiding for fear for her life.



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