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Infidel - Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Christopher Hitchens
Infidel
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world’s attention with Infidel, her coming-of-age memoir, which spent thirty-one weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of today’s most admired and controversial political figures. She burst into international headlines following the... show more
Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world’s attention with Infidel, her coming-of-age memoir, which spent thirty-one weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. 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; and she made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and forced to resign from the Dutch Parliament. Infidel shows the coming of age of this elegant, distinguished—and sometimes reviled—political superstar and champion of free speech—the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice done in the name of religion. Raised in a strict Muslim family, 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780743289696 (0743289692)
ASIN: 743289692
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages no: 350
Edition language: English
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Merle
Merle rated it
4.0 Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
This is a fascinating memoir from an impressive author. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia; just a generation before, her family were nomadic herders. She spent her early years in Somalia before her father’s political involvement forced the family to flee; she and her siblings spent their teenage y...
Rachel's books
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4.0 Infidel
I noticed I had a lot of non-fiction books that I was wanting to read, but so often overlooked for something fictional. So, I decided my goal was to read one a month. This is my non-fiction choice for July. The following might be boring to anyone but me. (And after reading it, it reads more like an ...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
5.0 Infidel
Reading this I was frequently reminded of Frederick Douglass' middle biography, My Bondage and My Freedom, which I read a few months ago. That's not to say I would equate Ayaan Hirsi Ali in stature or as a writer. This doesn't have quite the eloquence, the striking lines or piercing psychological an...
Loves books and cats
Loves books and cats rated it
4.0
Read several years but it was one of those books that really made an impression. Amazing was she was put through for the muslim faith.
"Check Six"
"Check Six" rated it
5.0
Her courage alone in her journey from Somalia to the west would demand a 5 Star rating. This book is just great reading and important to understanding the clash of Islam and the west. Her evolution in thinking shows how dangerous western ideas are to those raised in strict traditional ways. She also...
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