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Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Jun 17, 15

bookshelves: bio-auto-bio, culture, diversity, history, identity, non-fiction, politics, religion, women, world-lit, reviewed, immigration
Read in September, 2009

I loved reading this and discussing her ideas with Matt as I was reading them. The idea that tolerance can have negative effects is interesting, especially when it leads to allowing things we all agree are wrong to occur in our midst (like murder). The part of the book where Ayaan discusses the Dutch people's refusal to see that 'honor killings' and female circumcisions were taking place in their country simply because they wanted to be tolerant of a different cultural/religious view was a real eye-opener for me. I don't know enough about Islam to know how violent or non-violent it inherently is, in its purest form, but I do know that it's ridiculous to allow murder in the name of freedom. All in all, this was a very engaging and thought-provoking read.

Themes: Islam, Africa and the Middle East, women, tolerance, violence, history, political upheaval, family, tribe/clan identity

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