Nomad : A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations

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Nomad is a philosophical memoir, telling how Ayaan Hirsi Ali came to America in search of a new life, and the difficulties she faced in reconciling her two worlds. With vivid anecdotes and observations of people, cultures, and political debacles, this narrative weaves together Hirsi Ali's personal story -- including her reconciliation with her devout father who had disowned her when she denounced Islam -- with the stories of other women and men, high-profile and not, whom she encounters. With a deep understanding and intimate perspective of the situation of Muslim women and moderates in the world today and her singular, unwavering intellectual courage, Hirsi Ali offers her always notable, often controversial analysis of Islam vis a vis the superiority of Western democratic values.
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  • Electronic book text | 320 pages
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0857200208
  • 9780857200204
  • 1,029,774

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"Brilliant" --Tunku Varadarajan, "The Daily Beast" "Ayaan Hirsi Ali's new memoir is the most powerful book you will have read in a long time." --"Christian Science Monitor" "Illuminating analysis... [NOMAD's] special strength...lies in the way that her arguments and perceptions are rooted in personal experience.... She rages eloquently...writes revealingly. NOMAD is an excellent read."

--New York Review of Books
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About Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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.
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