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Powerful story of one woman's journey leaving her Muslim faith....Excellent. Nov. 11, 2008

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Ayan Hirsi is a lier
Ayan hirsi is a lier but good story teller. She is a fraud. Her story is a fiction. Not a true story.

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eye opening, and heart wrenching tale written lucidly. fascinating glimpse into the life of an extraordinary courageous woman. as soon as I put the book down, i had to go out and find her book Nomad.
Ms. Ali's writing has challenged my perspective towards Islam and whether tolerance is indeed compassionate.
Shocking that by renouncing Islam and daring to criticize, Ms. Ali is a target for murder and that her killer would likely be viewed as a heroic martyr in the Muslim community. This is how it's characterized in the book at least.
Also, learning more about the second tier status of women in Islam was alarming.
I need to talk with my muslim friends to listen to their view and see if they've read this book!
 

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I have recently read the book in my language Malayalam. The publisher is DC Books Kottayam. I enjoyed it, I was haunted by it, Not only Ayaan, but other women all over the world are also subjects of society controlled by men. Women are not even concerned living existances. They are mere women. All women, in general, accept the idiocratic society they live in; but Ayaan responds, Ayaan, faces and Ayaan challenges. My moral supports are with you even while I am a man. 

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I truly feel sympathy with U Ayaan for the suffering U had to bear. And there r so many in the Muslim world still suffering (and even more in other parts of the world following contrasting religions). Linking such behavior to any religion is totally unfair. All religions (and I have understood many) actually advocate utmost respect to our sisters and mothers to our future generations. People who do such horrible things as described by U are actually too far away from their respective religions in their acts. Therefore we should not make the acts of NON-PRACTICING members of a religion basis for maligning the teachings of that religion. That is unfair in ur book. I hope u read and understand because thats the GOOD u shall do not only to urself but the women across the globe because of ur reach. Last n the most important ' YOUR CREATOR AWAITS YOU, HE FORGIVES ANYONE WILLING TO COME BACK'. Bless U. 

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excellent and very interesting. It was very enlighting about the Muslim culture

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This book is written from the perspective of someone who grew up and lived a significant portion of their lives experiencing many of the negative cultural practices that go on every day in the name of Islam. I AM NOT saying that the religion itself is advocating or causing these practices. However anyone with an open mind and has an interest in learning about the experiences of an individual who eventually went on to serve as an elected official and their particular perception of Islam, the consequences she faced after publicly criticizing the religion, this book is very eye opening. I would not give this book to someone who is not open to questioning Islam or anything that is culturally associated with the religion. I also would advise anyone traveling to an Islamic country to leave this at home.
Also for those interested there is a short film created by Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the late Theo Van Gogh (unfortunately there were people who did not enjoy his film)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGtQvGGY4S4
 

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One of the best books I have ever read. Being an imigrant myself, I could relate to lot of stuff from the book myself and at the same time leart lot of new things about the different cultures. Hats off to Ayaan for her courage, determination and hardwork that brought her to this state. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us through this book 

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This book was a very passionate, fascinating and honest autobiography. Besides being an amazing story of adaptation and personal growth, it showed new facets of Islamic spirituality, gender and immigration issues that the ones that are usually portrayed. It was also a very enlightening comparative view of the clashes between Western, Islamic and tribal cultures from religious, spiritual, intellectual and historical perspectives. A must-read for anyone with limited familiarity with Eastern African culture. 

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I would like to preface this review with this fact: I'm not a big non-fiction fan.
This is an autobiography that details Ayaan's life from childhood to her current years in America. I found the
beginning part of the book easy to read and enjoyed learning about her home, Somalia. The part where she lost me, and why I'm only giving it three stars, is the Dutch political arena. This covered a good 1/3 of the end of the book. It was extremely difficult for me to enjoy and even follow. I suppose this is due to my lack of knowledge on Dutch politics.
Either way, I do appreciate her candid view on Islam. She speaks from first-hand experience and I appreciate her sobering reality of the situation.
I believe these statements best summarize where she stands on the subject: (p. 348-9) "My central, motivating concern is that women in Islam are oppressed. That oppression of women causes Muslim women and Muslim men, too, to lag behind the West. It creates a culture that generates more backwardness with every generation. It would be better for everyone--for Muslims, above all--if this situation could change.
When people say that the values of Islam are compassion, tolerance, and freedom, I look at reality, at real cultures and governments, and I see that it simply isn't so. People in the West swallow this sort of thing because they have learned not to examine the religions or cultures of minorities too critically, for fear of being called racist."
 

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