- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Free Press (3 July 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743295013
- ISBN-13: 978-0743295017
- Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,253,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Caged Virgin: A Muslim Woman's Cry for Reason Paperback – 3 Jul 2006
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
a little disappointing as it was very political which I did not expect. The title suggested to me that it was a story of one particular girl.Published 8 months ago by graiguegirl
Reveals the real face of Islam not the sanitised versions they love us to have-A religion of peace and love? See for yourself.Published 8 months ago by J. Adams
An absolute must read, Hirsi Ali is an extremely talented author who has a lot to say. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in women's rights in Islam.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
She seems to be an intellectual virgin, maybe if she stopped profiting from lies then it would be a better read, full of half baked quotes and poorly researched references. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jethro Kings
Very interesting book to read and have to say explained very well.Published 16 months ago by Helen Davis
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