Infidel Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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'Fascinating' -- Penny Wark, The Times
'Remarkable . . . I haven't stopped thinking about it or talking
about it for long' -- Mary Wakefield, Daily Telegraph
'Stunning . . . An astonishing story . . . She has started a
crucial debate, at the cost of endangering her life' -- Simon Kuper, Financial Times
'[A] rather remarkable book . . . Infidel shows that a determined
woman can change more history than her own' -- Christopher Hitchens, Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally
renowned author of THE CAGED VIRGIN, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her astonishing
life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia to her
intellectual awakening in the Netherlands, to her life under armed guard in
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of today's most admired and controversial political
figures. She burst into international headlines following the murder of
Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened she would be next. Eagerly
awaited, Infidel shows the coming of age of this elegant, distinguished -
and sometimes reviled - political superstar and champion of free speech.
Raised in a strict Muslim family and extended clan, Hirsi Ali survived
civil war, female circumcision, brutal beatings, an adolescence as a devout
believer, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four countries
under dictatorships. She escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum
in the Netherlands, where she fought for the rights of Muslim women and the
reform of Islam, earning her the enmity of reactionary Islamists and craven
politicians. Under constant threat, she refuses to be silenced.
Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali's story tells
how a bright, curious, dutiful little girl evolves into a pioneering
freedom fighter. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic
ideals with religious pressures, no other book could be more timely or more
significant. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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She makes the history of Somalia come alive under the dictatorship of Siad Barre, explaining the clan system and comparing the relaxed Muslim practice in that country with the strictness of Saudi Arabia and the hypocrisy and racism that go along with it. The short experience of Ethiopia and later the long stay in Kenya, both predominantly Christian countries, were different again and she really captivates one's attention with the places and the people. One of the most salient memories she recalls is the obsessive anti-Semitism in Saudi Arabia. Where her family lived in the city of Riyadh, Jews were blamed for everything.
A sub-theme of the book is the increased radicalization of Muslims, partly because of the failures and the suffering brought about by Barre and the chaos of the civil war that unseated him. She noted this radicalization taking place amongst Somalis and others in Kenya where she spent most of her adolescence. This radical strain was brought to Africa by Arabs and Iranians, both Sunni and Shia, also reflecting the failure of secular ideologies and bad government in the dictatorships of the Muslim world.Read more ›
Hirsi Ali's self-declared mission is to fight the oppression of women in Islamic societies. She has often been accused of attributing to Islam abuses, such as genital mutilation, that are local cultural practices not sanctioned by the Koran. But this criticism is unfounded; as she makes clear early on, her point is that the authority of Islam, as it is interpreted in traditional societies, is used to sanction such abuses.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was on time I like it and I will buy from you again even that was very tiny danged. thank youPublished 27 days ago by MR Y.
The first book I read on this 'subject' and still the best.
Very brave woman.
Another account of a person' s suffering under religious intolerance. An eye opener!Published 2 months ago by Brian Ogden
A very brave lady. Threatens with death by muslim savages for telling the truth about Islam.Published 2 months ago by Michael Warden
Harrowing at times but gave an honest critique on her atheism and how she arrived at that pointPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very clever lady with lots of guts and very brave. A good read - would recommend.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A well written book by a very interesting author. She writes about life as a muslim growing up in Somalia, Kenya and Saudi Arabia with great honesty. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Betty Boop
A difficult book to rate. It's fascinating and we'll written, however even as a reader I found the fgm description deeply traumatic and will be haunted by it for a long time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by vicki holmes
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