Jan 01



by Ayaan Hirsi Ali


Picture 1Autobiography / Non-Fiction
First Published in 2007
Publisher: The Free Press

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Book Synopsis:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is among today’s most controversial yet admired political figures. She made international headlines when her friend and colleague Theo Van Gogh was assassinated in the Netherlands for making the film Submission with Hirsi Ali. His Islamist murderer stabbed a note to his body threatening that Hirsi Ali would be next.

This celebrated writer of The Caged Virgin, and courageous champion of free speech has led an extraordinary life.

In her astonishing memoir, she tells of growing up in Somalia in a staunch Muslim household, to escaping an arranged marriage, to her intellectual re-birth in the Netherlands, to becoming a member of the Dutch parliament, and finally of her life under constant security protection because of her open critique of Islam.

Having made the immense and dangerous ideological shift from a devout Muslim to an outspoken atheist, Hirsi Ali now fights for the rights of Muslim women and the reformation of Islam.

Picture 3My Book Review:

The journey that Ayaan Hirsi Ali has made up till now is nothing short of amazing.

To be honest, it’s been about a year since I read this book, but the power of the incredulous journey that Ayaan made from the traditional life with her family in Africa to escaping into the Western world without a penny or a friend, to being elected a member of the Dutch House of Representatives, has remained firmly in my psyche.

The most astonishing aspect of this autobiography is in observing Ayaan’s development and her changing, progressive way of thinking.

Ayaan is now an activist who made the open conversion from Islam to atheism. She is very critical of Islam, speaking out especially about the place of women in Islamic societies.

This is an important, current and true life story. Ayaan speaks up loudly for what she believes are grave injustices in this world and suffers the consequences – constant death threats and the threats carried out with the murder of her friend Theo van Gogh. But still she speaks out.

x Julie

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  1. Chip Lopez says:

    hey Julie. Can you suggest any good book to read regarding politics, leadership, and strategy? I’d appreciate it. Thanks :)

  2. juliewee says:

    Hey Chip, I guess you are studying or are interested in politics, leadership, and strategy? Thanks for asking for a recommendation, but this is a particular area that I don;t know much about. I tend to read novels and biographies. Can anyone out there help?

  3. Eva Tandy says:

    Chip, don’t know you but may I suggest looking in to Noam Chomsky, John Pilger or John Raulston Saul as authors and maybe try Barack Obama’s ‘Audacity of Hope’ or Al Gore’s autobiography. Chomsky is particularly good for current politics…

  4. Chip Lopez says:

    Thanks Eva. I’ll keep those in mind. :)