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Ali's memoir Infidel reveals an extraordinary woman who survived a harrowing early life, fled to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage, and was elected to that country's Parliament before death threats landed her under 24-hour guard. Not every reader will agree with her political and religious positions, but her intelligence, resilience, and courage are inspiring. I was deeply moved by her response, near the end of the book, to questions of what it is like to live with death threats. She recites her many brushes with death, from the moment of her birth onward, and concludes, "Even with bodyguards and death threats I feel privileged to be alive and free." It is to her credit that she dedicated herself to bringing that freedom to other oppressed women.
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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 more significant.

Review:

"'I am Ayaan, the daughter of Hirsi, the son of Magan.'

In the first scene of 'Infidel,' Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a child of 5, sitting on a grass mat. Her grandmother is teaching her to recite the names of her ancestors, as all Somali children must learn to do. 'Get it right,' her grandmother warns. 'They are your bloodline. ... If you dishonor them you will be forsaken. You will be nothing.... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Ms. Hirsi Ali's struggles to gain a toehold in her new country, and her perceptions of the West, told through innocent eyes, put flesh and blood on an immigrant story repeated countless times throughout Western Europe." William Grimes, New York Times

Review:

"While often horrifying and heartbreaking, Infidel is an ultimately inspiring story of defiance, resilience and truth-seeking." Miami Herald

Review:

"[A]t its core, her story is about a crisis of faith, and her compelling account of her transfiguration offers a glint of hope that, like Christianity before it, Islam may be brought to its senses by legions of incensed apostates." San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"[T]he book reads like a...coming-of-age novel — except that a Muslim girl from Mogadishu was never supposed to develop a sense of 'self' in the first place." Wall Street Journal

Review:

"A charismatic figure...of arresting and hypnotizing beauty...[who writes] with quite astonishing humor and restraint." Christopher Hitchens

Synopsis:

In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia to her intellectual awakening in the Netherlands to her life under armed guard in the West.

Table of Contents

Bloodlines — Under the Talal tree — Playing tag in Allah's Palace — Weeping orphans and widowed wives — Secret rendezvous, sex, and the scent of Sukumawiki — Doubt and defiance — Disillusion and deceit — Refugees — Abeh — Running away — A trial by the Elders — Haweya — Leiden — Leaving God — Threats — Politics — The murder of Theo — Epilogue: the letter of the law.

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jazzmom636, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by jazzmom636)
This book changes your worldview. She describes life experiences that the Western reader would find abhorent, but from her viewpoint were the expected norm. A must read for women everywhere.
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itsmerunning, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by itsmerunning)
This was an amazing book. And sn amazing woman. I learned so much more than I expected. It has stayed with me, and I find myself thinking about it often. It is a biography of life in Somalia and other countries through the eyes of a little girl, and then follows her as she goes to a western country. She now lives in USA under guard. Loved it!!!!
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mbcoffee, January 10, 2010 (view all comments by mbcoffee)
This is a powerful memoir of an amazing woman. Such depth in her story and perspective. It's a must read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743289689
Author:
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Author:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Refugees
Subject:
Politicians
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Muslims -- Netherlands.
Subject:
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
Copyright:
Publication Date:
February 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
353
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Biography » Political
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Africa » Somalia
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » World Feminism
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies

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Product details 353 pages Free Press - English 9780743289689 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Ali's memoir Infidel reveals an extraordinary woman who survived a harrowing early life, fled to the Netherlands to escape an arranged marriage, and was elected to that country's Parliament before death threats landed her under 24-hour guard. Not every reader will agree with her political and religious positions, but her intelligence, resilience, and courage are inspiring. I was deeply moved by her response, near the end of the book, to questions of what it is like to live with death threats. She recites her many brushes with death, from the moment of her birth onward, and concludes, "Even with bodyguards and death threats I feel privileged to be alive and free." It is to her credit that she dedicated herself to bringing that freedom to other oppressed women.

"Review" by , "Ms. Hirsi Ali's struggles to gain a toehold in her new country, and her perceptions of the West, told through innocent eyes, put flesh and blood on an immigrant story repeated countless times throughout Western Europe."
"Review" by , "While often horrifying and heartbreaking, Infidel is an ultimately inspiring story of defiance, resilience and truth-seeking."
"Review" by , "[A]t its core, her story is about a crisis of faith, and her compelling account of her transfiguration offers a glint of hope that, like Christianity before it, Islam may be brought to its senses by legions of incensed apostates."
"Review" by , "[T]he book reads like a...coming-of-age novel — except that a Muslim girl from Mogadishu was never supposed to develop a sense of 'self' in the first place."
"Review" by , "A charismatic figure...of arresting and hypnotizing beauty...[who writes] with quite astonishing humor and restraint."
"Synopsis" by , In this profoundly affecting memoir from the internationally renowned author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells her life story, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia to her intellectual awakening in the Netherlands to her life under armed guard in the West.
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