Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969. As a young child, she was subjected to female genital mutilation. As she grew up, she embraced Islam and strove to live as a devout Muslim. But she began to question aspects of her faith....
"There are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice." — Ayaan Hirsi Ali
[Subscription Required] He is married to Somali-born political activist and writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali. As a couple, they brim with trans-Atlantic intellectual star power. But only rarely do Ferguson and Hirsi Ali appear together in public.
The persecution of activists at home and war in Yemen show talk of reform is a charade.
Is dawa, the proselytising of Islam, a means by which Islamists profit from freedom of religion to subvert society? Aayan Hirsi Ali warns of its dangers.
A feminist takes an unblinking look at gender repression in the Muslim world.
During the Autumnal Equinox, Sept. 20-14, the following letter was sent to Rev. Steve Loy.
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We Must No Longer Turn A Blind Eye To Islamic Extremism But Instead Root Out Radicals Who Hate The West
Islamism is an ideology incompatible with the values of liberal societies.
Two opposing opinions go head to head.
Progress can never be made if we can't satirise Islam, says Maajid Nawaz.
The Sharia punishment for Muslims who drop their faith is death and the confiscation of their property. The reason why is curious.
Without a U.S. counterstrategy, the violent ideology will spread.
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.
Jihad is spreading violence -- and succeeding. "Of the last sixteen years," notes Ayaan Hirsi Ali in her new book, The Challenge of Dawa, "the worst year for terrorism was 2014, with ninety-three countries experiencing attacks and 32,765 people killed."
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.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali begins her commentary with these words: “I was a Muslim refugee once. I know what it’s like.” She was en route to Canada to consummate a marriage arranged against her will by her father. At the Frankfurt Airport, she fled to the Netherlands. There she learned Dutch and received a master’s degree in political science before coming to America.
“I was a Muslim refugee once,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali declared this week in her response to President Donald Trump’s travel ban. “I know what it’s like. I know what it’s like to fear rejection, deportation and the dangers that await you back home.”
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.
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.