March Book Discussion: Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  • March 16, 2013 · 12:00 PM
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world’s attention with Infidel, her coming-of-age memoir, which spent thirty-one weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.


Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of today’s most admired and controversial political figures. She burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened she would be next; and she made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and forced to resign from the Dutch Parliament.

Infidel shows the coming of age of this elegant, distinguished—and sometimes reviled—political superstar and champion of free speech—the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice done in the name of religion. Raised in a strict Muslim family, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female circumcision, brutal beatings, an adolescence as a devout believer, the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four countries under dictatorships. She escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she fought for the rights of Muslim women and the reform of Islam, earning her the enmity of reactionary Islamists and craven politicians.


You can purchase the paperback at here: Infidel

The Kindle version here: Infidel

Or check your local library for a copy.


Hope to see you there!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great discussion, everyone! Thanks so much for sharing this book with me. :)

    March 17, 2013

  • Don

    Not bad. Just a shame it wasn't better attended, what with such an important topic.

    March 16, 2013

  • nancy b.

    Infidel is an important book for our time and heroic Hirsi Ali risked her life to tell us her story. Annette did a good job of managing the discussion.

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I read the book several years ago and Ayaan is a hero to me. Unfortunately, I had a change in plans and won't be able to get together with other fans. Have a great meetup!

    March 15, 2013

  • Tom B.

    A similar book I thought very good was "Dreams of Trespass" by Fatima Mernissi. I can bring my copy to the meeting if anyone wants to read it

    March 15, 2013

  • Lisa

    I just finished reading this book and it's amazing, especially the insight the author gains in the final 100 pages. I wish more politicians and diplomats would read this to better understand the mindset of many Muslims. I was left with one question unanswered: Why do so many Muslim women accept the cycle of violence and perpetuate it within their families and especially against their daughters?

    March 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm still in the middle of this one, but I find it fascinating as well.

      There's another book that I've read which is quite brilliant called, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It has a similar theme about the treatment of women and girls in developing countries. Among other things, it talks about the perpetuation of oppression of women by other women. It's certainly an interesting read and may help you understand the vicious cycle of abuse so easily administered at the hands of female relatives or friends one would think would be sympathetic to the plight of abuse.­

      March 14, 2013

  • Lisa

    I ordered the book (used but in like-new condition via Amazon for $4 including shipping) because it sounds interesting, but I will probably not be able to make the book discussion

    February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Next time. :)

      March 2, 2013

  • Tom B.

    Annette always picks the most interesting books.

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This has been on my "to read" list for quite a while...

    February 24, 2013

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