By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 2007

Remarkable book, remarkable woman. You may recognize Hirsi Ali as the woman from Somalia who was raised Muslim, escaped to Holland, was elected to Dutch Parliament, worked on a film whose director was killed and eventually fled to the USA, under bodyguard. She boldly exposes Islamic culture as “brutal, bigoted, [and] fixated on controlling women”. Hirsi Ali was subjected to female mutilation, forced into an unwanted marriage, and endured shame by her family and clan. Now an international spokesperson for the rights of Muslim women and an outspoken, pioneering freedom fighter.

If you like this book, also read Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s book, NOMAD: From Islam to America – A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations. 2010

LINKS TO NON-PROFITS: The AHA Foundation was established by Ali and her supporters in 2007 to help protect and defend the rights of women in the West from oppression committed in the name of religion and culture. “Women everywhere, of all cultures, merit access to education and basic human rights.” Global Fund for Women operates like a venture capital fund for women’s groups in poor countries. Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) supports schooling for girls and empowers women to become leaders in Africa. Tostan is one of the most successful organizations in overcoming female genital cutting in Africa.