Ayaan Hirsi Ali has a new book coming out later this month that I recommend to you. “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.” Ali is no longer a Muslim but fully a secularist, but she has the inside story on the dynamics of Islamic culture, particularly its treatment of women. Her style is deliberate, reasoned, calm when contrasted to Brigitte Gabriel. I play a video of Ali’s for my World Religions class. Recently she was disinvited from Brandeis University as a speaker when some students protested her as a racist and religious bigot. Caused quite a firestorm. One would think a woman who speaks for religious freedom and against oppression of women would be most welcome. It was not to be. She handled it all with class.
Here is a NYT’s interview with Ali.