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Caged Virgin: an Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam (08 Edition)


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Muslims who explore sources of morality other than Islam are threatened with death, and Muslim women who escape the virgins' cage are branded whores. So asserts Ayaan Hirsi Ali's profound meditation on Islam and the role of women, the rights of the individual, the roots of fanaticism, and Western policies toward Islamic countries and immigrant communities. Hard-hitting, outspoken, and controversial, The Caged Virgin is a call to arms for the emancipation of women from a brutal religious and cultural oppression and from an outdated cult of virginity. It is a defiant call for clear thinking and for an Islamic Enlightenment. But it is also the courageous story of how Hirsi Ali herself fought back against everyone who tried to force her to submit to a traditional Muslim woman's life and how she became a voice of reform.

Born in Somalia and raised Muslim, but outraged by her religion's hostility toward women, Hirsi Ali escaped an arranged marriage to a distant relative and fled to the Netherlands. There, she learned Dutch, worked as an interpreter in abortion clinics and shelters for battered women, earned a college degree, and started a career in politics as a Dutch parliamentarian. In November 2004, the violent murder on an Amsterdam street of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, with whom Hirsi Ali had written a film about women and Islam called Submission, changed her life. Threatened by the same group that slew van Gogh, Hirsi Ali now has round-the-clock protection, but has not allowed these circumstances to compromise her fierce criticism of the treatment of Muslim women, of Islamic governments' attempts to silence any questioning of their traditions, and of Western governments' blind tolerance of practices such as genital mutilation and forced marriages of female minors occurring in their countries.

Hirsi Ali relates her experiences as a Muslim woman so that oppressed Muslim women can take heart and seek their own liberation. Drawing on her love of reason and the Enlightenment philosophers on whose principles democracy was founded, she presents her firsthand knowledge of the Islamic worldview and advises Westerners how best to address the great divide that currently exists between the West and Islamic nations and between Muslim immigrants and their adopted countries.

An international bestseller — with updated information for American readers and two new essays added for this edition — The Caged Virgin is a compelling, courageous, eye-opening work.


A world-renowned activist and feminist pulls no punches in her efforts to reform Islam in this international bestseller, available for the first time in English.

About the Author

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, was raised Muslim, and spent her childhood and young adulthood in Africa and Saudi Arabia. In 1992, Hirsi Ali came to the Netherlands as a refugee. She earned her college degree in political science and worked for the Dutch Labor party. She denounced Islam after the September 11 terrorist attacks and now serves as a Dutch parliamentarian, fighting for the rights of Muslim women in Europe, the enlightenment of Islam, and security in the West.

Table of Contents


Preface: Breaking Through the Islamic Curtain

1 Stand Up for Your Rights!: Women in Islam

2 Why Can't We Take a Critical Look at Ourselves?

3 The Virgins' Cage

4 Let Us Have a Voltaire

5 What Went Wrong?: A Modern Clash of Cultures

6 A Brief Personal History of My Emancipation

7 Being a Politician Is Not My Ideal

8 Bin Laden's Nightmare: Interview with Irshad Manji

9 Freedom Requires Constant Vigilance

10 Four Women's Lives

11 How to Deal with Domestic Violence More Effectively

12 Genital Mutilation Must Not Be Tolerated

13 Ten Tips for Muslim Women Who Want to Leave

14 Submission: Part I

15 The Need for Self-Reflection Within Islam

16 Portrait of a Heroine as a Young Woman

17 A Call for Clear Thinking



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dawn betts-green, September 28, 2008 (view all comments by dawn betts-green)
While Ali is decidedly confrontational, and this puts off a great number of readers, she raises some very important issues that some are afraid to tackle as openly. She does not mince words and says precisely what she thinks of the issue, which is sincerely refreshing.
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Ali, Ayaan Hirsi
Free Press
Hirsi Ali, Ayaan
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Women's Studies - General
Islamic Studies
Political Freedom & Security - Civil Rights
Civil Rights
Women's rights
Women in islam
Women's rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
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