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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.
Alex P.
Scribd Editor
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 Feb 6, 2007
ISBN: 9781416538592
List price: $13.99
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A very powerful autobiography written by a feminist fighting radical Islamists and their horrendous treatment of females. Her rise from life of poverty in a strict muslim family living in Africa to holding a seat in the Netherlands parliament is inspiring and demonstrates the power of the human spirit and drive. Female mutilation, beatings, arranged marriage....and not only surviving but thriving in the end; this book has it all.read more
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I don't typically read autobiographies but I was very glad that I read this. I think everyone should read this book, just to educate themselves about a huge current social issue we are dealing with in the world. I learned a great deal from this book and it really changed my perceptions about what it means to be a Muslim woman.read more
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A very powerful autobiography written by a feminist fighting radical Islamists and their horrendous treatment of females. Her rise from life of poverty in a strict muslim family living in Africa to holding a seat in the Netherlands parliament is inspiring and demonstrates the power of the human spirit and drive. Female mutilation, beatings, arranged marriage....and not only surviving but thriving in the end; this book has it all.read more
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A very powerful autobiography written by a feminist fighting radical Islamists and their horrendous treatment of females. Her rise from life of poverty in a strict muslim family living in Africa to holding a seat in the Netherlands parliament is inspiring and demonstrates the power of the human spirit and drive. Female mutilation, beatings, arranged marriage....and not only surviving but thriving in the end; this book has it all.
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I don't typically read autobiographies but I was very glad that I read this. I think everyone should read this book, just to educate themselves about a huge current social issue we are dealing with in the world. I learned a great deal from this book and it really changed my perceptions about what it means to be a Muslim woman.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A very powerful autobiography written by a feminist fighting radical Islamists and their horrendous treatment of females. Her rise from life of poverty in a strict muslim family living in Africa to holding a seat in the Netherlands parliament is inspiring and demonstrates the power of the human spirit and drive. Female mutilation, beatings, arranged marriage....and not only surviving but thriving in the end; this book has it all.
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An extremely enlightening and thought-provoking book, this is one I wouldn't have normally picked up had we not read it for our book group. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an amazing woman who has the guts to bring to the forefront what almost no other women of the Muslim faith have managed to do. Not only was I enlightened, but I was truly horrified by the brainwashing that women of Islam are victims of. No matter what faith or nationality you originate from, submission to such the degree that is prominent in Islamic countries is just wrong and a human cruelty. While war is not the answer, I realize that after reading this, awareness of the problem needs to expand.
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A very powerful autobiography written by a feminist fighting radical Islamists and their horrendous treatment of females. Her rise from life of poverty in a strict muslim family living in Africa to holding a seat in the Netherlands parliament is inspiring and demonstrates the power of the human spirit and drive. Female mutilation, beatings, arranged marriage....and not only surviving but thriving in the end; this book has it all.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I don't typically read autobiographies but I was very glad that I read this. I think everyone should read this book, just to educate themselves about a huge current social issue we are dealing with in the world. I learned a great deal from this book and it really changed my perceptions about what it means to be a Muslim woman.
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