Ayaan Hirsi Ali / Jul 19, 2019

Infidel Narrated by the author 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 c

  • Title: Infidel
  • Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • ISBN: 9781428156586
  • Page: 348
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  • Narrated by the author.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, 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 todayNarrated by the author.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, 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 movie Submission Infidel is 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 significant.

    Infidel Definition of Infidel by Merriam Webster First Known Use of infidel Noun th century, in the meaning defined at sense Adjective , in the meaning defined at sense Infidel Infidel Define Infidel at Dictionary Religion. a person who does not accept a particular faith, especially Christianity in Christian use an unbeliever, especially a Muslim in Muslim use a person who does not Infidel definition of infidel by The Free Dictionary She looked upon his perfect, godlike figure and upon his handsome, smiling face and then she steeled her heart again by thoughts of her love spurned by religious thoughts that damned the infidel who had desecrated the holy of holies who had taken from the blood stained altar of Opar the offering to the Flaming God and not once but thrice. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali Infidel is the personal story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who, after a loveless childhood to put it very mildly , came to Holland at the age of claiming refugee status to escape an arranged and forced marriage, and to assert her independence. Urban Dictionary Infidel Someone who refuses to live his her life according to the terms dictated by an old book which is a compilation of bizarre superstitions and fictitious tales. Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Books Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali on FREE shipping on qualifying offers One of today s most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened that she would be next She made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and resigned from the Dutch Parliament Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Paperback Barnes Noble Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, was raised Muslim, and spent her childhood and young adulthood in Africa and Saudi Arabia In , Hirsi Ali came to the Netherlands as a refugee She earned her college degree in political science and worked for the Dutch Labor party.

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        Ayaan Hirsi Ali Somali Ayaan Xirsi Cali born Ayaan Hirsi Magan 13 November 1969 in Mogadishu, Somalia is a Dutch feminist, writer, and politician She is the estranged daughter of the Somali scholar, politician, and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse She is a prominent critic of Islam, and her screenplay for Theo Van Gogh s movie Submission led to death threats Since van Gogh s murder by a Muslim in 2004, she has lived in seclusion under the protection of Dutch authorities.When she was eight, her family left Somalia for Saudi Arabia, then Ethiopia, and eventually settled in Kenya She sought and obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, under circumstances that later became the center of a political controversy In 2003 she was elected a member of the Tweede Kamer the Lower House of the Dutch parliament , representing the People s Party for Freedom and Democracy VVD A political crisis surrounding the potential stripping of her Dutch citizenship led to her resignation from the parliament, and led indirectly to the fall of the second Balkenende cabinet.She is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank linked to neoconservatism, working from an unknown location in the Netherlands In 2005, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world She has also received several awards for her work, including Norway s Human Rights Service s Bellwether of the Year Award, the Danish Freedom Prize, the Swedish Democracy Prize, and the Moral Courage Award for commitment to conflict resolution, ethics, and world citizenship enpedia wiki Ayaan_Hi


    1. I was watching the BBC's 'Muslim Beauty Pageant and Me' hosted by and starring Dina Torkia, an English Muslim who wears hijab, not the black stuff but pretty fabrics. I thought this is going to be good. Balance. I'm going to see that Ayaan Hirsi Ali is feverishly hysterical and that what she says might apply to the immigrants from Africa and even more so from Arabia, but not to British Muslims.The girls, who all wore hijab and a lot of makeup looked very pretty. They had to undergo physicals and [...]

    2. Any woman born as a Muslim who has the courage to write a book openly critical of Islam has my respect. A woman who has the brass to title that same book Infidel has my rapt attention. Infidel by Ayann Hasli Ali is shocking, brutally honest, and captivating. This woman’s courage and resilience are a testimony to the human spirit. The letters and phone calls between her and her father are painfully real and troubling, especially when read in the context of the harshness and violence of the cult [...]

    3. "Infidel" is the personal story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who, after a loveless childhood (to put it very mildly), came to Holland at the age of 20 claiming refugee status to escape an arranged and forced marriage, and to assert her independence. She was accepted, found her way around, studied political science, became a citizen, fell away from Islam, and became a member of Parliament. In 2004 she and Theo van Gogh made the short film "Submission Part 1", which resulted in Theo's gettin [...]

    4. I'm kind of shell-shocked. The squishy Liberal views that have, up to now, dominated my concepts about immigration, multiculturalism, integration, Islam, the burqa, and a live-and-let-live philosophy, have all been shaken and stirred beyond recognition. Hirsi Ali is an extraordinary woman, to have survived and risen above her incredibly dysfunctional upbringing. Dysfunctional in part because her family was rife with superstition, anger, and violence - largely because her mother was a volatile an [...]

    5. Last week, I heard a colleague ranting about Islam and women's rights. He was reading this book and espousing Hirsi Ali's views. The next day, I lent him my copy of the Quran so that he'd have some background on the basic text of the religion he was trashing. I tend to find that all of the major religious tomes are ridiculous, hopelessly outdated, and that it's not a flaw in religion but a fault of those interpreting fundamental texts in fundamentalist ways when religion becomes less a spiritual [...]

    6. I feel like my imagination isn't big enough to even begin to comprehend what life is like growing up in Somalia, Kenya, and Saudi Arabia - as a female Muslim with an absent father and an abusive mother. Even though Ayaan does a good job covering her youth and describing her life to those who have no frame of reference for that kind of life, it still is hard to imagine. It goes without saying that those of us born and raised in the United States have been so amply blessed; its almost beyond compr [...]

    7. If I ever decide to make a list of the most important books I’ve read “Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali would surely find its place on it.First time I’ve heard about Miss Hirsi Ali it was after murder of Theo Van Gogh because of his film “Submission-part one” which he made in collaboration with Hirsi Ali. Theo has been shoot and slaughtered in the middle of the day and the letter for Hirsi Ali (in which assassin is promising the same to her) was staked with knife in Theo’s chest. It was [...]

    8. This would have been a four star rating, but I'm upping it to five because this book has significantly altered my world view. I've been one of those western liberals, thinking that Islam is mostly about peace and that the violence of it stems only from the fanatics. I'm revising that stance now and am wondering how I could ever have been so blind.Here in Norway, where I live, everyone is ever so willing to adapt to immigrants. We change our school traditions so that we do not offend people who h [...]

    9. Some of the reviews on GoodReads for Infidel have accused Ayaan Hirsi Ali of using the platform of autobiography to expound her political views and have suggested that any American reading this book may not pick up on a perceived subtlety of doing so (whereas, one suspects, in Holland this is quite obvious). My response to this is: of course she has. Any autobiography worth reading has to be more than a simple cataloging of life’s events; otherwise it would simply be a journal. Imagine reading [...]

    10. So Bill Maher, Sam Harris, and other atheists really love her story and offer it as proof that Islam is an evil religion, but of course so are all religions to them. The new atheist writers desire to destroy all religious beliefs of others. I watch Bill Maher, and I love his ideas and beliefs, but just not those on religion. I know better to not agree with the other atheist writers too. Nothing is all bad or good. For as many books on the evil of religion that are produced, I can find just as ma [...]

    11. This masquerades as pure autobiography of the daughter of an iconic Somali revolutionary, who was absent for most of her life and left her, her brother, and her sister to be cared for by a heavy handed grandmother and an abusive mother. If I were rating the review as an autobiography, I would give it an additional star. As an autobiography, it does not let you down, although it does drag a little slower towards the end.When reading this book, however, you quickly realize that there is somewhat o [...]

    12. A Remarkable Transition What a transition this individual has gone through! This autobiography describes the Somalian author's early life in Mogadishu, Saudi Arabia, and Nairobi, Kenya. Most of it is repressive. She was beaten routinely by her grandmother and mother. She had to do household chores while her older brother went out with his friends. She was also genitally excised (clitoris and labia removed) - the sole purpose being to inhibit sexual enjoyment. It is another way to inhibit a woman [...]

    13. This book opened my eyes to the Muslim world and completely changed my views. It is remarkable what one woman can do to affect change. I cannot recommend highly enough, especially for women.

    14. I first saw Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Real Time with Bill Maher a year or two ago and quickly placed her book on my to-read list. It was weird because I tried several times to order the book and it kept getting cancelled from several different vendors. Eerie. Especially when you consider that Hirsi Ali is such a controversial figure who lives her life with bodyguards under the threat of death to this day.It’s a fascinating story. A young girl from a fundamentalist Muslim family in war-torn Somalia, S [...]

    15. This book is a must read for all people trying to understand the Muslim attitude and outlook. Hirsi Asaan Ali is a courageous woman who has given us a peek into her mind on what a Muslim thinks. I quote so you can see how powerful she is."We Muslims had been taught to define life on earth as a passage, a test that precedes real life in the Hereafter. In that test, everyone should ideally live in a manner resembling, as closely as possible, the followers of the Prophet. Didn’t this inhibit inve [...]

    16. I found that her view of Islam was extremely negative and she sounded more bitter then she exclaimed. The situations that she faced in a closed society where women's rights are pretty much non-existent I felt somewhat tainted Her opinions and descriptions about Islam They were quite biased and one sided and at most times I felt more resentment then honesty which is quite sad, she brought though some very good points about mutilation and the rights of women in such societies. But got distracted w [...]

    17. oh gosh only 30 pages into this book and I'm not sure I can read itFemale castration/ mutilation - this isn't in the dark ages this happens in mid 1970 and still happens today!!This is an incredible biography of a girl who was born in a country torn apart by war, in a continent mostly known for what goes wrong rather than right. Measured by the standards of Somalia and Africa she states she is privileged to be alive and thriving.She states; "Where I grew up, death is a constant visitor. A virus, [...]

    18. This is a great article on why I dislike this book, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I'm going to just copy and paste some excerpts outlining her biasesescavenger/feminism-"Now, I’m no fan of religion – of any kind. But Hirsi Ali’s simultaneous condemnation of Islam and obvious admiration of Christianity was disturbing. As with any religion or ideology, it’s how it’s practised that impacts on people’s lives and on society.Many of Hirsi Ali’s criticisms of Islam could be applied to fundamentali [...]

    19. Just finished Infidel. I leave the memoir with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I appreciate the strides that the author has made in life, considering the huge obstacles she has overcome. Additionally, I admire her outspokenness concerning women's issues. I left the book feeling an even greater resolve to support organizations and charities that are working to level the gender playing field. It causes me to reflect on my own personal practices and belief systems that work against equity (of any [...]

    20. A few months ago, I read “Murder in Amsterdam”, about the murder of Van Gogh’s great-grand-nephew, Theo, back in 2004. Theo Van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian refugee had recently produced a short documentary about the treatment of women in Islam. He was killed first and she was meant to be next. She has been under continuous death threats since that time. Infidel is an amazing book, the first one I’ve read by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I definitely plan on reading more. I cannot say that it [...]

    21. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali“There are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.”― Ayaan Hirsi Ali, InfidelFTC NOTICE: Library BookREVIEW: Ayaan Hirsi Ali did it again--she easily pulled a five-star rating out of me for a second time. I had inadvertently read "Nomad" before "Infidel" because I did not have knowledge of this book as being her first one.Once I started reading, "Infidel," I was hoping that she would not simply re-state everything I had already read in the other tex [...]

    22. I'm not putting this on any shelf except for Biography and history. The subject matter may touch on other topics but i don't want to mislead nor put anyone off. This book is informative, insightful, sad, frightening (even horrifying). I would say that this book is not to be missed.Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a young woman who was reared in a strict Islamic family and country. This is the story of her journey through loss, pain danger, growth, development and it's still going on. I'm not going to say much [...]

    23. Infidel is an amazing book, on many levels. It’s an amazing story, work of historical analysis, political philosophy, and dissection of Islam as viewed through the autobiography of a remarkable woman (Ayaan Hirsi Ali/Magan) who will not fail to point out that among Muslim women, she is singularly fortunate. Just look at what she has done through the power of logos: mastered languages (she is fluent in Somali, Arabic, Swahili, English, and Dutch), logistics (she has negotiated her way from the [...]

    24. An extraordinary woman. Her criticism of Islam and of sociocultural practice in Islamic countries is for the most part measured and reasonable, though only her most extreme utterances get airtime. She clearly states that female genital mutilation (FGM) is not an Islamic practice but a north African cultural one. The extreme patriarchy, honour killings etc. she criticises are similarly not Islamic per se, though they are often justified and perpetuated in the name of Islam. The rosy spectacle rel [...]

    25. This book is the spiritual and intellectual odyssey of a very remarkable and courageous woman. Ali was born in Somali and raised in a Muslim family. She also lived in Ethopia and Kenya before fleeing to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage. While there she became an interpreter for the government and an advocate for the rights of Muslim immigrant women. She eventually became a citizen of that country and a representative to the Dutch parliament. After she produced a film called "Submis [...]

    26. This book is spectacular.I totally admire the honesty and the bravery of Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She is a very impressive and important woman. Her story of life, with it's many twists and turns, in various African and Middle Eastern countries as a child and a teenager is fascinating, and very revealing when it comes to the culture of Islam; especially in relation to free thought and the treatment of women. The story of her escape to freedom in Holland, the warmth of her reception there, and the impact [...]

    27. There is obviously something wrong with a society that accepts the male right to kill a female who disobeys him, female genital mutilation and/or the virtual enslavement of the female population. Aayan Hirsi Ali minces no words. She says the fundamental problem in countries that accept this is their religion - Islam. She traces these actions directly to the Koran and those who believe in it and/or accept it.The initial chapters were the most interesting for me. In describing the members of her o [...]

    28. This is the memoir of a woman in flight. As a child, she left Somalia fleeing political repression, than Saudi Arabia fleeing religious repression, than Kenya fleeing domestic repression and physical abuse, and as a young adult living in Holland, she fled the repression of a strict moral code and the Islamic faith that embodied it. Ayaan introduced me to cultures that I know little about. I admire the resilience and strength of this woman.

    29. This is an amazing story of a very courageous woman. She was raised as a Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia and Kenya. For so many years of struggling with the inequalities and injustices for women in the Islam religion she runs away to Holland as a refugee to avoid an arranged marriage. She becomes a citizen and political figure who fights for women's rights from Muslim worlds. In doing so she has lost her family ties and also stays in hiding for fear for her life.

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