Jun 10

Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali


by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Memoir / Biography / Autobiography
First Published in 2010
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Sequel to Hirsi Ali’s autobiography Infidel (click here to read the book review of Infidel)

Hirsi Ali has also written The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam

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I have great respect for Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Against the odds, she is standing up and speaking out for what she believes in. Ayaan’s journey in her first memoir Infidel is fascinating. And I have just got my hands on Nomad, her follow up memoir about her new life in America, based on my friend Vani’s email, which she has allowed me to publish:

Hi friends,

You may or may not have heard of Ayaan Hirsi Ali but I think it would be a pity to miss reading this one-helleva woman. I first heard of her in 2007 when I was setting out for my Watson year of travels and research and I was putting together a list of all the books I wanted to read when I hit the road. One of the books was Ayaan’s autobiography “Infidel.” I remember walking into Borders in Melbourne to purchase it, flipped through some of the pages, hit a chapter entitled “the caged virgin” about the emancipation of women in Muslim nations, and I ended up staying in the store for a few hours and finished the entire book. (of course I went ahead and still bought it!) :-)

What’s mind-blowing about this woman is her personal struggle (survived child genital mutilation, escaped a forced marriage in Somalia to seek refuge in the Netherlands, got herself educated and within just 12 years became a MP in the Dutch Parliament), and how even in the face of fatwas, she’s got the balls to put her life on the line and still voice out her views about Islam and its treatment of women. What’s really interesting (and hugely controversial!) is how she rejects even “regular Islam” as a religion that suppresses the liberty of women by preventing them from making basic life choices, over their sexuality, jobs, attire, etc.

Her new book, Nomad, apparently makes that case and has been featured in today’s issue of the Guardian

I’m not quite sure what I think about it from the look of it and I don’t like to form an opinion without reading it first, but I definitely disagree with her suggestion that Muslims could fare better by learning from the Christians.

Anyway! The point of this e-mail is to suggest a summer read if you’re in the process of putting together a reading list for the upcoming holidays. I recommend “Infidel” – it’s highly inspiring, thought-provoking, and might bizarrely have you build up an intimate relationship with the author. That rarely happens to me.

Also, if you guys have any recommendations for a nice summer read (mindless ones are more than welcome!), PLS let me know. I’ve got 2 months to get delirious without legal textbooks! ;) The only books I’ve got on my list right now are Arundhati Roy’s latest -”Field notes on Democracy – Listening to the Grasshoppers,” and the Bhagavad Gita. (a decent point to start from?)


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Thank you Vani!

x Julie

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