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“Extremism to Activism....”

A fundamentalist past leads to a politically-charged future, where the outspoken Ali works tirelessly against the forces of religious extremism in the name of progress.
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In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Kenya, to her intellectual awakening and activism in the Netherlands, and her current life under armed guard in the West.

One of today's most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following an Islamist's murder of her colleague, Theo van Gogh, with whom she made the movie Submission.

Infidel is the eagerly awaited story of the coming of age of this elegant, distinguished—and sometimes reviled—political superstar and champion of free speech. With a gimlet eye and measured, often ironic, voice, Hirsi Ali recounts the evolution of her beliefs, her ironclad will, and her extraordinary resolve to fight injustice done in the name of religion. Raised in a strict Muslim family and extended clan, 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 largely ruled by despots. In her early twenties, 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 immigrant women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament. Even though she is under constant threat—demonized by reactionary Islamists and politicians, disowned by her father, and expelled from her 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 evolved out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideals with religious pressures, no story could be timelier or more significant.

Topics: Somalia, Kenya, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Holland, 1980s, 1990s, Political Commentary, Inspirational, Islam, Politics, Feminism, Atheism, The Middle East, Immigration, Refugees, Civil and Political Rights, Escaping Oppression, Sexism, Abuse, Fundamentalism, Family, Courage, Multicultural, Coming of Age, and African American Author

Published: Atria Books on
ISBN: 9781416538592
List price: $13.99
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The Author, Ayann's determination to expose the truth. Really a marvelous book.more
I came here to check for the religious debate. Apparently Scribd Comments are civilizedmore
A very impressive human being tells the story of her difficult early years in Somalia, her oppression under the harsh world view of original Islam and her struggle to escape and be a person with right living on Earth. A terrific journey from African poverty to Dutch politics and a writer and liberator in America.more
From a very brave woman, a book that explains why she is so brave and why she has to be.more
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The Author, Ayann's determination to expose the truth. Really a marvelous book.more
I came here to check for the religious debate. Apparently Scribd Comments are civilizedmore
A very impressive human being tells the story of her difficult early years in Somalia, her oppression under the harsh world view of original Islam and her struggle to escape and be a person with right living on Earth. A terrific journey from African poverty to Dutch politics and a writer and liberator in America.more
From a very brave woman, a book that explains why she is so brave and why she has to be.more
This is an incredible book. hands down, a book that does not leave your hands once you have started. So much voice is presented, you can feel her pain, as well as her desire to live and change the world. more
Hirsi Ali capitalizes on misery. Throughout her career she has lied and cheated her way into a well paid job with all the attention her ego can take. It is not a surprise that her main audience are tea party fans, islamophobes and assorted right wingers.more
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