Infidel


I first spotted the book Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, in the bookstore a few weeks ago, and it caught my attention. I’ve always loved memoirs, and this one seemed particularly poignant to me, as it touches upon subjects that I care deeply about: acceptance of different religions and the ability to look at all religions with a critical eye, and exposure of the harsh treatment of women at the hands of such religions.

Recently, my favorite e-zine, The Humanist Network News, featured a review of the book, which makes me only more excited to read it. To get a taste of what the book is about, here is the beginning of the review:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a remarkable woman. Still in her 30s, born in Somalia, she has lived in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Netherlands and the United States. Multilingual (Somali, Arabic, Swahili, Amharic, Dutch and English), she is an accomplished writer, speaker, and politician.

Raised and educated as a devout Muslim, she has come to be one of Islam’s most severe critics, particularly with regard to Quranic theory and practice regarding women’s subjugation. Herself a victim of female genital mutilation, discrimination and forced marriage, she has become the most prominent voice for voiceless Muslim women.

I hope to read this book in the future. Have any of you read it? If so, what did you think? If not, does it appeal to you?

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