34. Memories of an ‘Infidel’ Muslim!

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The article is a review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book entitled, ‘Infidel’ in which she talked about her personal experience as a woman living in an Islamic society.

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The Somalian born writer, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, has recently authored a book entitled, ‘Infidel,’ in which she talks about her early life as a Muslim woman in an Islamic society.

She first left home for Saudi Arabia to study Political Science, but later headed for The Netherlands where she announced that she was leaving Islam. Ali wrote the script and provided the voice-over for the 10-minute English-language film ‘Submission,’ which criticized the treatment of women in Islamic society. The film’s Dutch director, Theo Van Gogh, was killed by an extremist Moroccan Muslim.

According to the author, Ali joined the U.S. campaign against the Islamic world that began following the events of September 11. As she backs its suspicious strategies, the U.S. has rewarded her by welcoming her to live in America. Ali was given a position at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research [see: http://www.aei.org/] days after issuing her book.

Ali is currently guarded by officers of the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA, see: www.cia.gov/] because “There are people who think if they kill me they will go to paradise,” Ali told Newsweek magazine [see: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17201010/site/newsweek/].

Her book is regarded as a personal experience of a Muslim woman living in an Islamic society. She says that when she was a five-year old girl, she was sent to a woman to be circumcised, which she described as, “Making a little girl feel that sex is a knife implanted into men’s bodies and could slay her if she practices it.”

She adds that her mother was very cruel to her because she was afraid that her daughter had become involved in a sexual relationship, which resulted in an Islamic court sentencing her to be stoned.

When discussing the relationship between her parents, she says that her father was married to four women, whom he rarely spent time with as he was always busy with political struggles of the tribal society.

She moves on to tell of her experiences in Saudi Arabia, where she studied political sciences. She felt uncomfortable living there as she would witness attacks against women in the streets by Saudi religious police. They forced women to wear the Ḥijāb and the Niqāb by hitting them with thick sticks. “They urge men to pray and exempt themselves from this religious duty,” Ali adds.

The author attributes her rebellion against Islām to a failed love story with a Kenyan atheist, whom she could not marry because Islām prevented women from marring non-Muslims.

Some 6,000,000 copies of the book were sold just days after its publication, putting it at the top of the best-seller list.

[The same issue was discussed in: Waṭanī al-Dawlī, February 25, 2007 p. 1.]

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