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Variants of Abuse

The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Reviewed by Maria Golia
Times Literary Supplement

"[Ed. Note. This review discusses the contents and context of two books: The Caged Virgin and Shattering the Stereotypes.]

In 1992, the Somali-born author of The Caged Virgin, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, arrived in Holland as a refugee. She was granted citizenship in 1997, and in 2003 was elected to Parliament, where she served for three years before her abrupt resignation. Hirsi Ali collaborated with the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, writing the screenplay for Submission 1, a film about women suffering from a repressive Islam. When van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim in 2004, Hirsi Ali's life was threatened and her celebrity enhanced. In 2005, Time magazine named her one of the 'world's 100 most influential people'...." Read the entire Times Literary Supplement review.

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5 Responses to "Variants of Abuse"

    Anastasia February 11th, 2007 at 10:48 am

    That's kind of a sad book. But i liked it!

    Tom February 12th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    I am not sure about this choice to review Ali's courageous book. It's obvious the critic is not objective. This reviewer seems to think there are no issues with Islam in the modern world. The observant know better. No mention of Ali's all too real run in with Muslim violence when a muderer killed her collaborator, Theo Van Gogh in broad daylight. Why is she in danger? Why Ms. Golia?

    mac February 12th, 2007 at 7:13 pm

    Golia is all that is wrong in Europe and the Middle East. She is obviously covering herself in this review. How about an honest appraisal? I wonder what Golia would say if she could write without fear?

    fritz February 14th, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    One day organized religion will be as obsolete as smoking and this book will serve as a historical document leaving its future readers incredulous that such utter poppycock once had billions of believers.

    Dr. M. L. Dodson April 9th, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Golia. The Times. Talk about a lack of objectivity. If Ayaan Hirsi Ali is so "out there," why are the Muslims so desperate to kill her? And,why have the Muslims "evolved backwards" into this violent, terroristic, slice-people's-heads off ever-growing primitive, wild donkey, kicking at every other group of people in the world, 400 B.C. kind of tribe? Mohammed told his disciples that hell was heavily populated by women, that if a husband "feared" his wife might be disobedient he should beat her, that women should hide under burqhas so they wouldn't tempt men. Those are all in the Koran. No, no misogyny whatsoever. Women have it just dandy. And, you need to read _Caged Virgin_ again. Your description of the voice as "screaming" is most inaccurate; it is well reasoned and thoroughly backed up by personal experience: the authors and by the experience of women's she was given first-hand as she translated their sad stories for them. In fact, as a child, Ayaan was by far the most docile of her family. By nature, she was not a screamer at all--this remains evident. I thoroughly suggest you also read her autobiography; it might better help you understand her first work as you fail to comprehend much of what she says.

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