Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali: A Review

InfidelInfidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Infidel is the story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, born a Muslim in Somalia and raised in Africa and Saudi Arabia. At the age of 22 she sought asylum in the Netherlands to escape a marriage her father had arranged to a distant cousin she had never met.

She became a Dutch citizen and earned a degree in political science, and in the thirteen years she lived in the Netherlands she fought to open the eyes of the west to the plight of Muslim women, first as a writer and speaker, and later as a member of Parliament.

What is most striking about this book is Ali’s courage in fleeing her family, in chipping away at beliefs she’d once held sacred, and finally in speaking out about the many injustices of a system where everything a people do or are expected to do is dictated by directives written down more than a thousand years ago.

I highly recommend this eye-opening memoir.

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  1. This sounds very interesting. Standing out or up for any principle or belief is hard enough. To put yourself at risk of life an limb, leaving your family (who will likely disown you), and having the audacity to go public with it is phenomenal and takes great courage.


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