Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of our time’s most admired and controversial political figures. In this powerful memoir, she recounts her remarkable story from obscurity in Somalia to becoming an outspoken member of parliament in Holland and now a leading critic of Islam. A contemporary odyssey that boldly challenges Western assumptions about Islam, Infidel is a gripping account of how one remarkable woman has created her destiny through sheer will and determination despite all odds.
Outspoken, provocative, and controversial, Ayaan Hirsi Ali knows how to capture the imagination and inflame passions. In Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s compelling personal memoir that she began writing twelve years ago in hiding from assassination attempts, the Somali-born writer and politician tells the dramatic stories of her own life—from her childhood in East Africa to her flight to Holland as a refugee, from her forced marriage at fourteen to her brave position against female circumcision today.
In this controversial memoir, Hirsi Ali reveals aspects of her life that have never before been made public. She describes her flight from Somalia as a refugee at four and losing her faith during adolescence. She also recounts the brutal violence she endured as a young woman in Saudi Arabia and describes her radicalization as a Muslim extremist while living in Kenya. Her experience in Afghanistan ultimately led her to abandon Islam altogether. A searing personal narrative, Infidel is also a passionate call for reform within Islam.
About Infidel Book
One of today’s most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened that she would be next. She made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and resigned from the Dutch Parliament.
Infidel shows the coming of age of this distinguished political superstar and champion of free speech and the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice. Raised in a strict Muslim family, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female mutilation, brutal beatings, adolescence as a devout believer during the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four troubled, unstable countries ruled largely by despots. She escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she earned a college degree in political science, tried to help her tragically depressed sister adjust to the West, and fought for Muslim women’s rights and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament. Under constant threat, demonized by reactionary Islamists and politicians, disowned by her father, and expelled from family and clan, she refuses to be silenced.
Ultimately celebrating triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali’s story tells how a bright little girl evolves out of dutiful obedience to become an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideals with religious pressures, no other book could be more timely or more significant.