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Infidel

Hirsi Ali, Ayaan

(Book - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author ofThe 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 movieSubmission.Infidelis 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.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780743289689
0743289684
Branch Call Number: B-Hi617i 2007
Characteristics: xii, 353 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm

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Somali Hirsi Ali's story tells how a bright little girl evolved out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter.

Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali's story tells how a bright little Somalian girl evolved out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter. This presented a very interesting and sometimes horrifying peek into the life of a woman in Somalia, E... Read More »

2007. Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Somali Hirsi Ali's story tells how a bright little girl evolved out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter.

In this profoundly affecting memoir the author 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.


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Aug 28, 2014
  • mayfairlady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

incredible account of a very interesting woman

Jun 18, 2014
  • jweitz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A very eye opening story about Ayaan's journey from Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and finally the Netherlands. Freedom of expression is a problem even in the West when is comes to speaking out regarding the Muslim faith and the treatment of women. Every woman should read this book and be thankful to be an American.

Jun 01, 2014
  • papoose rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The author, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is courageous in both thought and deed. It is exceedingly rare for any individual to question and critically examine the mores and beliefs in which they have been raised. It is even more courageous to do so, when that action has resulted in cultural and familial ostracism and threats against her physical safety. Her perspective is insightful, and I regard this book as a valuable contribution, worthy of thought and discussion.

May 19, 2014
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book had been recommended to me by lots of customers and I until now, I had not actually picked it up. I'm so glad that I finally did. An amazing read about a remarkably brave woman who wasn't afraid to question her status quo and fought for basic human rights and social equality. So inspiring!

May 13, 2014
  • anon123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A brilliant, incisive analysis of culture and Islam from a woman's point of view who has lived the life from birth through to adulthood. Her call for female emancipation is moving and evocative and is a "must read" for men and women worldwide. I don't usually read autobiographies often, but I could not put this down. It is relevant for not only Africa and the Netherlands, but for the world.

Jan 27, 2014
  • JackieFC13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This. was. amazing. This woman is amazing! Absolutely amazing! It is an autobiography and I am not usually one for these but I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. The only thing that kept me from finishing it faster were my two graduate classes in June that required an immense amount of time. I don't even know where to start to explain this book. This woman is an inspiration to what can be accomplished no matter the circumstances. This woman has endured unbelievable things (things I never even imagined could occur) and survived. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about a brave, smart and unyielding woman in a culture that holds none of those qualities.

Great read. What an amazing life story.

Dec 27, 2012
  • malaisemonroe rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A compelling journey and life of Ayaan Hirisi Ali. We need more politicians like her. Highly recommended!

Sep 13, 2012
  • KSerá rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Islam, like all religions becomes merged with other elements of the culture of its adherents. One shouldn't take everything in this book as true of Islam, any more than I take the Inquisition as true of all Christianity.

I hope with the reading of this book, that we as human-beings in the world, can all call in to question the dogma in our lives that can change and overwhelm good intentions. No matter what religion it may be, since no man's hands are completely clean. There is a beauty and a compassionate side to most religions, it just depends on what each individual participant acts upon. No matter what it may be Christianity/Judaism/Islam all people of the book share fundamental similarlty and that should be our starting point, not the hate that has transformed these teachings by mankind of these beautiful standards of what life can be. Her story to me shows that, as a human race we still have a lot more work toward becoming the true image of God. And it shouldn't be viewed as a tool to say, "This is better than that".

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