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Infidel By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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By veritas227 on
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Infidel is Ayaan Hirsi Ali's second book and her remarkable memoir. Born in Somalia, Hirsi Ali was raised a strict Muslim - a religion which permitted and even sanctioned severe beatings by her mother and teachers, female genital mutilation (circumcision) and an arranged marriage to a cousin in Canada she never met. With each personal trauma, I was able to feel her pain through her words. Although a devout Muslim as an adolescent, she began to question the many injustices she found in her religion, particularly those directed at women. It was when she was forced into a marriage by her family that she escaped to the Netherlands and stayed there as a political refugee. I saw this to be a moment of triumph. Here she was able to live a life of freedom that she could only previously dream about. Hirsi Ali worked as a Somalian translator while earning her college degree in political science. She became quite outspoken about the injustices of women in Islam and after only 10 years of living in the Netherlands, she became a member of Parliament. It was there where she focused on reforming Islam to help improve life for Muslim women. With the assistance of Theo Van Gogh, a filmmaker and the grandson of the artist Vincent Van Gogh, Hirsi Ali made a short film titled, "Submission Part One." Due to the controversial nature of the film, Van Gogh was killed on the streets of Amsterdam by a Muslim extremist and Hirsi Ali lcontinues to live under constant threat and remains protected by body guards round the clock. Still, she continues to speak her mind. I have the utmost respect for Ms. Hirsi Ali. This is the story of a truly remarkable person. I was so moved by her intelligence and personal strength. I believe that it is so important that her story be told as an example to women in general and Muslim women in particular. I felt as though, by reading her memoir, that I had become a true witness to her life - it is a truly emotional experience. I found it difficult to put this book down when started and recommend it without reservation.