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Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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What a fascinating and insightful read. I haven't read Infidel yet, and I have a feeling I'd enjoy that more, but I still learnt a lot in this book. I liked the way Hirsi Ali spoke about her mother, brother, grandmother and the like in separate chapters. I like how she made reference to her cousins, those that made it (in some fashion) in Western society, and those that utterly failed to.

I also found this interesting as I once taught several Islamic Somali and Kenyan girls. One followed Islam for cultural reasons, but it was quietly suggested that her brother-in-law, whom she lived with, was much more of a deep believer. The other followed Islam for similar reasons, but it was lightly implied that she was forced to follow it religiously as well.

As for her remarks on Christianity, I'm uncertain. It could go both ways- it may be possible for Muslim women to convert, as a 'stopping point', but across the board I don't think it possible. I don't have any solutions, though.
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