Pow­er­ful mem­oir rec­om­mended

South Waikato News - - REVIEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.

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