Female voice from Muslim world
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