This is an essential read/listen for anyone who wants to get a thorough understanding of what it is like for women to grow up in Islamic societies in North Africa and the Middle East. It highlights problems within Western societies and what can be done about them.
Yes. It offers a perspective on islamic and western culture which is new to somebody who has never been to an islamic country and compared the Islamic World to the West. It talks about life in Somalia, the famine of 1992, and Hirsi Ali's experience coming to the West for the first time. It is amazing how everything was so new to her in the Netherlands. From there, it tells the story of how Hirsi Ali became one of the most famous atheists and critics of islam. It is a very good book and it is hard to put down in parts. Atypical for a nonfiction story.
She has an accent which is hard to understand.
She employs very strong criticism of islam, especially towards the end of the book. So be prepared.
This book was an eye opener for me.
It made me both sad and angry and sometimes hopeless . Not at ayaan, but at the situation in general.
I loved hearing her amazing life story and was very inspired by her rise from obscurity
I have nothing I could compare it too
Her pronunciation of words in Dutch, Arabic, and Somali were correct and much better then I could have done
When she went passed the Kenyan border into Somali to find her distant family members to bring into Kenya. Also when she worked as a translator in holland. Those stories broke my heart.
I read this book several years back and couldn't put it down! Hearing it narrated by Hirsi Ali was such a thrill! Everyone should read this book today so they would understand what might be coming our way if we don't stop it!!! I wish those in power would listen to her!
Feminist with a literary interest in thought-provoking nonfiction, captivating memoirs, and fiction I've been meaning to read for years.
I was headed on a long trip and stopped by my local library to pick up some audiobooks. This was one of the books I chose because I had little to knowledge of the content and it caught my eye. A day later, when I was traveling by train (without my car's CD player) I joined Audible SO THAT I COULD CONTINUE LISTENING TO THIS BOOK. seriously, that's how gripping I found the content. What I loved most about Infidel was harrowing, authentic, and vulnerable story.
I have never read another book like Infidel however I had a similar reaction to the first time I attended a performance of The Vagina Monolougues a hundred years ago.
I earned several Audible badges while listening to this book because I could not out it down.
Perhaps. Much to absorb.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
I would if I was on a long trip or working at something that didn't absorb my mind; however, no time to listen for hours straight.
Some of the stories about women abused by their fundamentalist (mostly male) relatives were disturbing. The author had a dramatic and difficult life, full of episodes that would traumatize most of us.
This is a fascinating story that takes us from the author's early childhood in Somalia to her emigration to the US. Along the way, she witnesses and is the victim of many dramatic events, including civil war, child abuse, forced marriage, and other things not experienced by those of us born in the developed world. She learns to take control of her life and becomes a leading fighter for the rights of women from the Islamic world. Very inspiring.
Since English is not the author's native language, she is a little difficult to understand at first, but I found my ear adapted fairly quickly.
Yes, The book is read by the author and you can feel the emotion and hear the "ring of truth" in every word.
There is a similarity to "I am Malala" by Malala Yousatzai. The books are both about the treatment of women under Islam. Malala's book does not question Islam only certain factions (i.e. Tali-ban).
As I mentioned in the earlier question. Hearing the author read her own book gives you considerably more insight into the work.
The book is non-stop. It was riveting and compelling.
Yes. An inspirational story of driven young woman and great insight into Somali culture .