Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and founder of the AHA Foundation. She served as a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006.
She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969. As a young child, she was subjected to female genital mutilation. As she grew up...
Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Contain It.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali's upcoming speaking tour to Australia is not the first time she has visited the country, but it's the first time there has been significant public opposition, as a group of high-profile Australian Muslim women have launched a petition against the outspoken Dutch-American activist, claiming she "does not speak for us."
Two months before, Theo and I had made a short film together. We called it Submission, Part 1. I intended one day to make Part 2. (Theo warned me that he would work on Part 2 only if I accepted some humor in it!) Part 1 was about defiance—about Muslim women who shift from total submission to God to a dialogue with their deity.
The West’s obsession with ‘terror’ has been a mistake, she argues. Dawa, the ideology behind it, is a broader threat.
In her new book, Nomad, Hirsi Ali tells of escaping to America and says the Muslim world needs a revolution in how it treats women and modernity. Tunku Varadarajan salutes her necessary and powerful words...
[Subscription Required] Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and the founder of the AHA Foundation, which exists to protect women and girls ...
Ayaan Hirsi Ali called on those filling a Fairfield theater Wednesday night to act as a jury — searching and looking for information, reading documents and factoring in her anecdotes — as they evaluate Islam, a religion of more than a billion observers.
And as Somali-born author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who is calling for a reform of Islam, points out: “As a moral and legal code, sharia law is among the most dehumanising, demeaning and degrading for women ever devised by man.”
Standing up to political correctness and facing death threats, the Muslim apostate writers Ibn Warraq and Ayaan Hirsi Ali have honored our increasingly endangered Western heritage of free thought, which includes the right—indeed, the obligation—to subject religious dogma to criticism and reason.
Hoover Institution fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali calls for decoupling political aims from the religion of Islam to combat growing radicalism. She also discusses counterterrorism strategy, which she argues should focus on battling the ideas that spread radicalism rather than the radicals themselves.
[Subscription Required] Ayaan Hirsi Ali is coming to Australia soon to speak about reforming traditional Islam and confronting militant Islam. There are people and organisations trying to prevent her from coming or speaking. They describe her as an “extremist” who engages in “hate speech”. They are in error. She must be allowed both to come here and to speak. In a liberal society one is free to choose and to change one’s religion, one is free to not adhere to any religion and one is free to inquire, read, speak and write critically of religions, political ideologies and other matters, including law and morals.
A frightening recent report: an estimated 200 million Muslim girls and women alive today have been forced to go through female genital mutilation; also frightening: in America and Europe most of the leaders of the feminist movement have remained all but silent amidst this horror. There have been, thankfully though, a few exceptions. The most notable of them has been Ayaan Hirsi Ali who has become the leading voice in the fight against this attack upon the body, heart and spirit of so many.
Over the weekend, I swung by Judge Jeanine's show to talk about one of the most malign trends of our time: the ever more open refusal by one side to permit those on the other side to speak.
Societies learn and grow when they question, challenge—even offend. Islamists are pressuring free people to give up their most basic rights.
In April 2017, The Times of India reported that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual global leader of a Shia Muslim sect called the Dawoodi Bohras, reaffirmed the mandate of female genital mutilation (katna) in a sermon carried over a livestream and repeated in a messaging app.
A packed audience filled Ramona Mainstage to celebrate American Liberty Forum of Ramona’s (formerly Ramona Tea’d) 100th symposium and to honor the contributions of previous chairmen Jim Fontana and Jim Tapscott with cake and a violin rendition of patriotic songs. As the main event, the audience viewed San Diego County’s premiere of Dr. Evelyn Markus’ documentary “Never Again Is Now.”
On April 11, 2018, the Hoover Institution hosted a panel on female genital mutilation featuring Mary Wambui, the founder and director of Shelter Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Ngong, Kenya, along with Research Fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
There’s no ‘extreme vetting,’ no outreach to moderates, and too much coziness with Riyadh.
James Kirchick on The Flight of the Intellectuals by Paul Berman