Of interest to members of New York Philosophy. Even if you haven't read this best seller yet, join us for the discussion early Thursday evening, June 14, 6:30-8 pm.
Named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells of her upbringing as a good Muslim in Somalia, Kenya and Saudi Arabia, and her escape to the Netherlands as a young woman. The Dutch determination to defer to the cultural sensibilities of their large Muslim immigrant population led them to turn a blind eye to the ownership of Muslim women by the male members of their families. The stunning oppression, routine physical abuse (including genital mutilation of little girls, often on Dutch territory) and "honor killings" by their male relatives of women who had been raped or were suspected of sexual activity outside of marriage were defended by Muslims and ignored by the native Dutch because they were justified by religion.
Ms. Hirsi Ali rose to become a member of the Dutch Parliament, where she took her embrace of modern democratic values and her battle for the human rights of Muslim women. A Dutch film producer with whom she collaborated on a short film about the oppression of Muslim women was shot and stabbed, a knife pinioning to his body a letter threatening her with death as well. In this book, she describes the soul searching that led her to become an atheist.
The Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club is also a book swap. Bring your own books, take others'. The remains donated to the Muhlenberg Library.
Muhlenberg Branch Public Library 209 West 23rd Street (at 7th Ave) 3rd floor - yes elevator. Within a block of multiple subway and PATH stations.