by Ali, Ayaan Hirsi


Price:  US$20.84   (SGD28.95*)
Format:  Paper Back, 353 pages
Published:  2007, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780743295031
SB#:  041130 (105)

About This Book

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia in 1969 and had a troubled and traditional upbringing in Saudi Arabia and East Africa where she had firsthand experience of the grim conditions of displaced people. Escaping from a forced wedding Ayaan received asylum in Holland in 1993. She writes of her difficulties in adjusting to Dutch ways and how she lived and worked until she graduated from Leiden in 2000. After resisting the attitudes to women of reactionary Muslims and working for a think-tank Ayaan was elected to parliament in 2003. Her stance on rights for refugees and Muslim women and her cooperation with the murdered cineaste Theo Van Gogh endangered her life and led to the later-rescinded 1996 cancellation of her Dutch citizenship. The book brings to the fore many controversies and problems of religious authorities and gender roles which are being faced - or avoided - in many contemporary societies.

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