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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Sep 19, 2011

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Read from August 26 to September 01, 2012

I'm torn between giving this 2 or 3 stars. I went ahead and gave it three because it is a remarkable story and I do very much respect what she has lived through. But man do I disagree with much of her opinions. I have no problem with her using her autobiography as a platform for her own political views because, after all, it is her book but I do think she is very wrong in those views. You basically have a person that was brought up to be a religious fanatic and by the end of the book she has rid herself of this crazy belief system just to be applying for a job with the American Enterprise Institute. All things considered, it just didn't seem like she really grew all that much as a person. She started out intolerant and by the end she's only slightly less so. Only now she directs her intolerance towards Muslims and poor people rather than those outside of Islam. A bigot in a different way in my opinion. I'm sorry but this idea that Islam is any worse (or better) than any other religion is ridiculous. She says Islam is about submission to God while other faiths are not. Apparently she has never been to Catholic school or been to a Southern Baptist church. All faiths if adhered to strictly excuse and/or prescribe violence against women and nonbelievers. This isn't JUST an Islamic problem. It's really just a question of application. Anyway I feel like I'm rambling on now so let me just say I did like this book. It's a compelling story. There is no denying that. But I feel the conclusions that the author and Christopher Hitchens come to about Muslims and their source of suffering are a little oversimplified. Still it's worth reading if you are into biographies and autobiographies.
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