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The Caged Virgin: A Muslim Woman's Cry for Reason by [Ali, Ayaan Hirsi]
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About the Author

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia, was raised as a Muslim, and spent her childhood and young adulthood in Africa and Saudi Arabia. In 1992 Hirsi Ali went to the Netherlands as a refugee, escaping a forced marriage to a distant cousin she had never met. She denounced Islam after 9/11 and now works as a Dutch parliamentarian, fighting for the rights of Muslim women in Europe, the enlightenment of Islam, and for security in the West.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 306 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9NWE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It is rare for me to read a book in one go, even when time allows. This remarkable book proved an exception. Its structure is a little disjointed, but her message gets to the core of the problem with Islam, and in particular, the tragic problems it creates for women.

And what is the core problem that Ayaan Hirsi Ali identifies? It is not the corruption, by extremists and fundamentalists, of a noble religion of love and peace. We heard alot of that woolly talk after 9/11. The problem is with Mahomet himself. Even Mahomet would not be a problem were his teachings recognised for what they are. They are the notions of a 7th century man from a violent, tribal and male dominated society. His ideas, as far as we can gather them from the Koran and Hadiths, may have been a great improvement on what had preceded them. In the 21st century, indeed for several centuries now, adherence to his ideas has been a great hindrance, especially to women. It is centuries since Islam was in the vanguard of scientific and social progress. This author points out how the Islamic world is retarded by the very creed it holds so dear.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali describes the terrible results of the abuse of Muslim women in her adopted country of the Netherlands. Victims of female circumcision, marital violence and rape are certainly not confined to Islamic communities. The creed, however, fashioned by and for men, and frozen by its rigid adherence to obsolete texts, inevitably condones and encourages such abuse.

Although most of the case studies are Dutch, many of her warnings about the dangers of multiculturalism can be applied in the UK too. As her book went to press there was a misguided bill, in progress through Parliament, which would have outlawed expressions of religious hatred.
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Writer addresses many aspects of Islamic treatment of women which she believes need to be addressed. I think she is right, particularly with regard to female genital mutilation. She has been criticised because Islamists in England say it is mostly a Somali habit and certainly that country has the foulness of fgm deeply embedded in its culture. But it also happens in Egypt and other Muslim countries and I would take Islamic culture/religion far more seriously if what are called moderate Muslims would themselves speak out against it. I am not sure that I could ever take any religion/culture seriously which allows a man to beat his wife.
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Does freedom of speech today counter-command ancient texts? Of course it must. Who could possibly object to us commenting on Confucius or Plato or Babylonian gods?

At the beginning of the day isn't it blasphemous to assume that Allah needs any human help to run the universe? Let Ayaan Hirsi Ali tell the truth as she knows it. She is part of the uprising of women, who as half of humanity deserve to be free, so that we can all move forward together. She is brave and brilliant. She confronts prejudice, fear and abuse and is a shining example of why our world is slowly and steadily taking steps towards an understanding of freedom and truth.

Keep writing for us Ayaan. You are setting the future free.
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Ayaan Ali skillfully combines the poignant stories of muslim women's lives together with a compassionate and convincing exploration of the influences on those who are driven to treat women inhumanely. She weaves personal experiences and studies of politics, sociology and philosophy to create a book which encompasses both the individual and the wider picture.

She is clear and constructive in voicing her vision for the world and also how the reader, Muslim or non-Muslim can exert a positive influence.

The style is brisk and accessible to all.

I was left with admiration for this woman and a desire to support the freedoms and principles which we take for granted.
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A fascinating insight into the lives of Muslim women from an intelligent woman campaigning for human rights for women who have none - an important read for western liberal society. Beautifully written.
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By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2007
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In this perceptive work, Ayaan Hirsi Ali explores a major problem of our times with admirable fluency and erudition. In the preface she points out the similarity in attitude towards the Soviets by leftists then and Islamic culture now by the adherents of multiculturalism. Because of the victim culture, those intellectuals refuse to criticize oppressive practices as Muslims are perceived to be victims of the West. For the same reason, Israel is fiercely condemned because it belongs to the West while the Palestinians get a free pass. She considers this wrongheaded and racism in its purest form, the idea of the "other" that must be shielded at all costs.

She asks the advocates of the multicultural society to acquaint themselves with the suffering of women who are treated as chattels. The notion of "group rights" are detrimental to Muslim women, and without emancipation, the socially disadvantageous position of Muslims will persist. She laments the fact that Muslim women are not listened to and calls for self-examination in the culture. Hirsi Ali also deals with the clash of cultures in Europe and examines the triangles of power in the Muslim world itself: the triangle of the strong leader, the clergy and the army, and the triangle of apathy, fundamentalism and refugees/emigration.

The author provides a brief history of her early childhood in Somalia and her personal emancipation when she emigrated to the Netherlands and explains why she had to leave Holland for the USA. There is also an interview with prominent Canadian Muslim reformer Irshad Manji, a chapter on genital mutilation and 10 tips for Muslim women who wish to leave their oppressive circumstances. A full transcript of the documentary film Submission is included, the movie that led to the death of Theo van Gogh.
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