Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Book Withdrawal: Infidel

A few days ago I finished reading Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.  I could not put it down.  It is a book that has opened my eyes to see another world.

This book is the autobiography of a woman who grew up as a Muslim in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and Ethiopia.  It is her story of breaking free from the dark aspects of her childhood and her fight to bring woman's rights to her culture (at the expense of her own life).  You can go here to read the blurb.  But this is the short and sweet of why I loved this book.
  • Her first-hand account of her childhood drew me in to her world--a world that is very foreign to me.  A world of great contradictions.  And a world where it is acceptable to beat, mutilate and kill women.
  • I learned more about Islam--again something that I don't know much about.  It makes me want to know more--so that I can understand it better.
  • It's a compelling, modern-day real-life story of a woman whose life is in danger because of what she speaks about--freedom of women and children and men, too.  It's a book that is so relevant in light of what is going on today in world news.

I definitely recommend this book. :)

1 comment:

  1. Hello, just passing by your blog and looking through until this particular posting caught my attention the most.
    I don't know if you will get a chance to read my comment because this posting is a bit dated now.
    Anyway, just to let you know, this woman you are praising does not deserve your support. She is a known liar, opportunist, and Islamophobic. You should probably do a background check on her.

    And perhaps why you are attracted to this book is because you're admittedly clueless about Islam (and I don't mean that to sound rude).

    If you are getting your image of Islam through bigots like this woman, who fabricates often, and mainstream American media then you're getting a distorted image.

    If I were you, I would do a thorough research on Muslims and Islam, and I would not start with Islamophobic people like that woman. There are thousands of American Muslims all around and you might find that they aren't much different than you.

    Good luck.