Fe­male voice from Mus­lim world

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Ayaan Hirsi Ali

This au­thor had lived in So­ma­lia, Saudi Ara­bia, Ethiopia and Kenya by the time she was 10 years old, which goes part-way to ex­plain­ing the ti­tle.

Af­ter that it was Ger­many, Hol­land and fi­nally the United States.

We get glimpses of how dif­fi­cult even the sim­plest things — like op­er­at­ing a bank ac­count, us­ing a credit card or shop­ping — can be for im­mi­grants or refugees in Western coun­tries whose lan­guage skills are lim­ited, and whose learn­ing un­der Mus­lim regimes was ab­so­lutely min­i­mal if they were fe­male.

But Ayaan Hirsi Ali be­came a skilled English writer and brings it all quite bru­tally to our at­ten­tion.

Ayaan says to be a fe­male un­der the laws of Is­lam and the Qu­ran in some coun­tries is to be noth­ing but a tool and a slave, dis­pens­able and eas­ily re­place­able, for whom the most ap­palling pun­ish­ments are re­served if the laws are not strictly ad­hered to.

Mil­lions of women and chil­dren die ev­ery year with­out a trace un­der such regimes, she says.

This makes tough reading, and when the au­thor at­tempts to tell the Western world how to con­test and de­feat the Mus­lim states, it be­comes even tougher.

It is no won­der she needs body­guards, be­cause she pulls no punches, ad­vo­cat­ing Western mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion as a so­lu­tion, since fem­i­nists like Ger­maine Greer and Chris­tian church lead­ers do not un­der­stand how se­vere and in­domitable the world of Is­lam is for women.

It is too easy to hate what you do not know, and it is cer­tainly in­di­cated from her own ex­pe­ri­ence that education is needed, since nei­ther the Western world nor that of Is­lam fully un­der­stands the other, and both are a long way from it.

Surely education must be the an­swer, not mil­i­tarism, in a world where nu­clear weaponry is a re­al­ity.

— Lee Stephen­son

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