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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Aug 30, 2008

it was ok
Read in August, 2008

I'd have given this one 3 stars except that it seemed to drag a bit. It's an autobiographical look at one woman's take on her upbringing in an Islamic culture and her subsequest disillusionment and rejection of the religion.

Born in Somalia in 1969, she lived in Kenya and Saudi Arabia before fleeing to Holland to escape an arranged mariage. Her description of female excision is grim, of course, as is the description of treatment of women. Her struggle to come to terms with Islam both as as a religion and as a social system takes her from attempting strict adherence through questioning and finally rejection.

Elected to Dutch Parliament, her outspoken anti-Islamic public stance and work on behalf of women living under Islamic constraints resulted in death threats. After she made a film with Theo Van Gogh, he was assassinated, she went into hiding and now plans to return to Holland to resume her work, although not as a member of parliament.

This book is definitely worth reading, tho slow going. Her take on whether Islam can be interpreted as the peaceful religion subverted by a group of extremists will certinly give you lots to think about.
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