Powerful memoir recommended
Somalian author Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been described as one of the most controversial women on Earth.
Infidel is Hirsi Ali’s memoir about her family living under strict fundamentalist Islamic laws.
By including personal photographs and letters in the book, Hirsi Ali thoroughly documents her youth in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya, and her flight to the Netherlands where she applied for political asylum.
Hirsi Ali studied in Leiden and worked first for the Labour Party then the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy, before being elected to Parliament.
She recalls the murder of Theo van Gogh, who helped her make the film Submission.
Infidel concludes with the dispute over Hirsi Ali’s citizenship.
First published in 2007, Infidel quickly became a New York Times bestseller and was met with much criticism.
For anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of life governed by fundamentalist Islamic authority, Hirsi Ali’s memoir is recommended reading.
IMPORTANT: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali should be read as widely as possible.