One of todays 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 as well as the development of 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 the rights of Muslim women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament. Under constant threat, demonized by reactionary Islamist and politicians, disowned by her father, and expelled from family and clan, she refuses to be silenced.
Ultimately a celebration of triumph over adversity, Hirsi Ali’s story tells how a bright little girl evolves out of dutiful obedience to become out spoken, pioneering freedom fighter. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideal with religious pressures no other book could be more timely or more signficant
Hello IYBC please show your support on 21 June 2012 6:30 pm at The Augusta Richmond County Public Library on the 3rd floor, 823 Telfair St Augusta Ga 30901. Our facilitator will be Thomas Patterson.
“Infedel” by Ayaan Hirsi is our June 2012 IYBC selection.
I thank you in advance for your support and commitment.