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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Aug 02, 07

bookshelves: memoir, africa, for-bookgroup, kenya, somalia, saudi-arabia, netherlands
Read in August, 2007

This is a complicated book about a very polarizing political figure. Much of what Hirsi Ali writes I agree with. That said, she tends to gloss over policy stances that just pulled me completely away from her point of view. (How, exactly, will removing the minimum wage and cutting welfare actually foster immigrant assimilation?) Her story is powerful, I hope this book helps readers see the oppression of women around the world. I also hope readers will question the way in which she reaches her conclusions. Perhaps instead of an emphasis on Islam harming women, we can work to create a society where women are truly equals.
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