I couldn't stop listening. it places everything in context. it also shows us that the press and politicians refuse to see the truth about Islam and prefer to be hypocrites to the truth.
Education is the key to enlightenment. This book is a testament to that statement and a good place to start for those readers ignorant of the way a large part of the world lives.
Great book and performance! So many things I did not. I am grateful for the life I have and the life I am able to
Give my daughters. I did not realize that in some cultures things are so different. Ayaan is someone who is making a difference in our world for social justice. Thank you for sharing your story with the world!
Gripping story of her journey from enslavement to freedom both physically and intellectually! I look forward to reading more from Ms Ali.
I have learned much about what it must be like to grow up in a Muslim country. Ayaan is a survivor and I admire her greatly. Thank goodness that we have someone like her, with her experience, intelligence and fortitude, to support women's rights.
This is an intensely personal story 16 hours on audio of Ayaan's life growing up in Somalia as a Muslim. It is not overly political as much as it is wanting the Western world to understand what the problems are and why she helped Van Gough make the movie that ended up getting him assassinated. You will understand why it is not arrogant or hateful but a deep desire to help her people.
Thank you, Ayaan, for your courage and strength to tell your story and for narrating it yourself. I pray your words will bring about change and reform and that you may live long enough to see that change! The world needs more people like you. Although you do not believe in God, He believes in you! May God bless you and be with you!
The fact that one woman has gone through such a roller-coaster of a life is amazing, and even more so in light of how much she has accomplished. This is a heavy story, but one everyone should hear.
No matter what you think of Hirsi Ali's politics, I think it's important to hear both her life story and the arc of her thoughts as she transitioned between worlds. There is nothing simple about the challenges that religious faiths bring to the world, so it really does take a whole book (or more) to boil them down.
Her view on the "tolerance" movement is particularly important in modern Western society. It has devolved, and perhaps it takes an outsider to recognize what it is becoming. Tolerance means accepting people's differences, but it does not necessarily mean celebrating or pandering to them. And it certainly doesn't mean allowing those differences to trump others' rights. Hirsi Ali clearly recognizes the challenges and potential dangers in these differing definitions of tolerance, and she'll definitely make you think.
I found it easier to understand some fundamentals of Islam through the narrative of someone's life. The story gives context and depth to events that we hear and read about in the west but only in 30 second news bits.
After listening to Ayaan's book, Infidel, read by her, I know I've been in the presence of a very great lady. Her story is inspiring, heroic, and I believe unique in our self-centered western world - unique because of how she breaks the bonds of fate to create a new destiny.
I am stunned that she is so frequently bashed by the "leftist" political side of the spectrum. She is the epitome of what a feminist hero is all about. She is smart, bold, insatiably curious, and - what I love the most - she doesn't cater to any particular political dogma. She speaks her truth and with great power.
As far as I can tell, this is her first autobiography a detailed and moving account from her earliest childhood memories of a harsh experience escaping war in Somalia and frequently at the mercy of her mother and the various households in which she lives, in Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia.
Most people find it impossible to escape what she calls the mental bars of the prisons in which they find themselves as a consequence of birth. She not only escapes but overcomes overwhelming odds to carve out a new life and advocate for Muslim women caught in that religion's grip. That and deal with the death threats. Wow! Ayaan- you have a new fan!