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Hirsi Ali, Ayaan (Book - 2007 )
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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.
Authors: Hirsi Ali, Ayaan, 1969-
Title: Infidel
Publisher: New York :, Free Press,, c2007
Characteristics: xii, 353 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
ISBN: 0743289684
Branch Call Number: B-Hi617i 2007
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Report This 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.

Report This 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!

Report This 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".

Good book: Provides a bit of a glimpse into the Muslim world form a women's perspective. Author's view point seems a bit simplistic and dogmatic in terms of her criticism of Islam (?)

Report This Jun 24, 2012
  • cedora rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book! Very informative and inspirational! I highly recommend it to others.

There are many comments about this book already and I can only give all the same great recommendations. What a wonderful human being Ayann is, such great courage!!! I have now put on hold her other two books. May she know what a wonderful person God made her and that she must be fulfilling her purpose for which God made her, educating the population about terrors in some countries of the world, He made her a great author!! God bless you Ayann!!!

Report This Apr 15, 2012
  • haploU5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a true story about exceptional strength and courage, perseverance and determination. Ayaan, born in Somalia, into a male dominated Muslim culture that subjugates women and demands submission to Allah (the word Islam means “submission to God”) is driven to find answers in a faith that only raises more questions. Refusing to blindly follow teachings that increasingly make her uneasy; she furtively begins her dangerous journey towards equality and freedom to a place that exudes freedom: Holland. While her story evokes feelings of exuberance and hope it also elicits certain abjectness. For every Ayaan there are thousands of others who will never reach the point of enlightenment she achieved; many will never know it even exists, others still will try and destroy it through sheer ignorance. A powerful story and a great learning experience .

Report This Aug 15, 2011
  • FancyFace rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am so very happy that I have always been part of a society where I have a voice, freedom to think for myself and make my own choices. Like Ayaan I too have lots of answers, I am happy that she found peace and freedom. It is not easy to go through the things she did and still come out on top. She is and always have been a fighter, times was right to name her one of the most influential people of today. This book was one of the best I have read this year.

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