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Ayaan Hirsi Ali 2 Feb 2007
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of today’s most controversial political figures. A Somali refugee who became a Dutch MP, she was propelled into the international headlines by the assassination of Theo van Gogh, who directed a short film she’d written criticising Islam’s repression of women. A note was pinned to van Gogh’s chest stating that she would be next.

As she publishes her life story, "Infidel", Carolyn talks to her about the development of her beliefs. From her childhood in a strict Muslim family and extended clan, to surviving civil war, female circumcision, and brutal beatings, to her adolescence as a devout believer, and her escape from a forced marriage by seeking asylum in the Netherlands.

Despite living with constant death threats because of her fight for the rights of Muslim women and the reform of Islam, we hear why she refuses to be silenced.

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali is published on 5th February by Free Press, ISBN 978-0-7432-9503-1
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