I just finished reading the book Infidel By Ayan Hirsi Ali
This book chronicles Ayans life and gives you a glimpse in the life of some African Muslim women in Somalia, Ethiopia , Kenya and some immigrants in Holland, an eye opener to how Islam is learnt and practiced in some countries.
I don’t know what to think about this book or about the Author, in one way you sympathise with her and her cause (She is trying to stop violence and abuse against Muslim women in particular) which I agree with 100% because she was abused by her mother, circumcised (or excised) when she was 5 years old by her Grandmother and she was forced to marry a man she did not want to marry. She describes all these things with harrowing details, I never knew some of these things happened and it is heart breaking.
On the other hand I feel that she is spreading a message of hate in the west against Muslims. She is trying to educate non Muslims specifically Western Europeans and Americans to how Islam is not the religion of peace and how it spreads violence, westerners try and argue with her that all religions promote violence in a way or another like in the bible and the old testament ,to that she responds that Muslims are being allowed to do it and incorporate it in the law and they are not held accountable for some actions that are permitted in the Quran, she continues to say that it’s not only the fanatics but it is also the moderates since they do not try to stop the fanatics and they don’t condemn them.
She likes to provoke people with what she says about Islam. In my opinion by doing this she alienates the Moderate Muslims. If she was less provocative in her language I think she would have been more effective in getting her message across and she would have definitely won some of her arguments and more of the moderate Muslims.
Although I don’t like how she singles out Islam and spreads a message of hate in the west that tarnishes the image of moderate Muslims who are harmed the most by this I still think it is a good read which exposes some really bad practices in some Muslim societies against women.
Some people claim she is an opportunist and a liar and some see her as a hero, I will leave it for you to decide.
Warning: Her views might be very offensive to some.