Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Because I am not a deeply religious person, one might not expect this book to be one I would normal gravitate to but … after reading this book, I don’t think I will ever look at the world of Islam the same way. This is the fascinating story of the emergence of a woman from the limits of the world she was raised in … that of a strict Muslim upbringing. It is the story of a brilliant young woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who, even as a young woman, begins to question the tenets of her strict childhood. Today’s headlines scream the warning that the strictest adherents to this religion truly believe that we are all heathens and infidels and must all die!! Especially the Jews!

As Ayaan matures, she more and more questions the tenets of her religion. Because of the wars in Ethiopia and Somalia, her childhood is spent part of the time in Somalia , part in Ethiopia and part in Nairobi, Kenya. To a Muslim, the two most important things are their religion and their family. But the restrictions that are placed on Ayaan and her sister, and the terrible treatment to women that she witnesses, bring even more questions to her young mind.
Ayaan escapes from a forced marriage, first to Germany and then to Holland. In Holland , this brilliant young woman can pursue her destiny.The Dutch almost alone in Europe welcome refugees and encourage them to assimilate with the general population. Ayaan is free to pursue a career , where she can make her own decisions and career choices. She becomes an outspoken critic of her religion and with this criticism comes danger.

I hope that you can learn, as I did, more about the world we live in today. So much has happened just since the planes hit the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon over a decade ago. This is not necessarily an easy book to read, but it is an utterly fascinating one.

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