- Publisher: POCKET BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 26mm | 322g
- Publication date: 3 March 2008
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1416526242
- ISBN 13: 9781416526247
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, ports.
- Sales rank: 931
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of today's most admired and controversial political figures. She burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened she would be next. An international bestseller, her life story INFIDEL shows the coming of age of this elegant, distinguished -- and sometimes reviled -- political superstar and champion of free speech. Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali's story tells how a bright, curious, dutiful little girl evolves into a pioneering freedom fighter. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideals with religious pressures, no other book could be more timely, or more significant.
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia, was raised as a Muslim, and spent her childhood and young adulthood in Africa and Saudi Arabia. In 1992 Hirsi Ali went to the Netherlands as a refugee, escaping a forced marriage to a distant cousin she had never met. She denounced Islam after 9/11 and now works as a Dutch parliamentarian, fighting for the rights of Muslim women in Europe, the enlightenment of Islam, and for security in the West.
By Yvonne Bendall 12 Aug 2011
This book was a great education re the differences in the way of thinking about roles of women in society in Islamic Countries versus Western Society. Even weeks afterwards I can not stop recalling this fascinating book. It emphasizes that the Islam religion is not growing with the changes happening in the world today. This book is one of the best books I have read for many years. I highly recommend it to someone who is perhaps "sitting on the fence" as to how they feel about other societies. It will teach you much that you will never learn by reading the papers or watching TV.
By Karen 25 May 2011
Ayaan's book is a powerful story of personal reflection on life and religion. She describes very clearly her struggle between (family/cultural) tradition and personal opinions and feelings.