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Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

An important, timely book.

Ms. Hirsi Ali's compelling personal story supports her cry for reform in the Muslim world, particularly in its treatment of women. She has lived in several Muslim societies and has wide ranging experience which has shaped her beliefs and ultimate rejection of Islam.
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Ms. Hirsi Ali's compelling personal story supports her cry for reform in the Muslim world, particularly in its treatment of women. She has lived in several Muslim societies and has wide ranging experience which has shaped her beliefs and ultimate rejection of Islam.

Her story is also warning to a compliant, multicultural-obsessed sleeping Western civilization not to allow the slow creep of radical Islam to seep into the fabric of Western democracies.

posted by 2335418 on June 2, 2010

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4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Truth

To call Hirsi Ali an "expert" on Islam is like calling Sarah Palin and "expert"
on geography. She can spout out "facts" that are completely unfounded. She has
never had any formal education on the religion nor carries any sort of
legitimate degree in the studies o...
To call Hirsi Ali an "expert" on Islam is like calling Sarah Palin and "expert"
on geography. She can spout out "facts" that are completely unfounded. She has
never had any formal education on the religion nor carries any sort of
legitimate degree in the studies of Islam
First of all, I do admire her as a woman to leave the "oppression" of her
uneducated native somali tribe to lead a live based on her own personal
convictions and to pursue her own dreams and decisions.
What I don't understand is how an "educated" woman like Hirsi can not understand
the difference between culture and religion. That is the mystery of Islam in
that it does embody multiple ethnicities and cultures. Different people from all
over the world are muslim from Indonesia, Pakistan and the the Middle East.
A few "facts" Hirsi claims about Islam include:
1) genital mutilation of female----- does it happen in somali families? yes. Is
it something ordained by the Quran.. NO!!! nowhere in the quran is genital
mutilation endorsed. If anything, any type of mutilation to the body is strictly
forbidden by the quran even customs such as tattoos.
2) honor killing --- does it happen in certain countries by certain ethnicities
like somalia and india? yes!! Is it stated in the Quran? NO...Honor killing is
strictly a cultural phenomenom and not religous. Does it happen in muslim
families? yes. Do christian husbands kill their wives out of jealousy or
insanity? yes.
3) Does the Quran promote violence ? NO! if anything it does condemn violence
but it allows it under extreme conditions if one is begin oppressed after
non-violent measures do not work. Unfortunately, Hirsi uses only part of the
verses in the quran without the actual meaning and reasoning behind the verse
like a "husband may beat his wife lightly" in cases of adultery, yes. Do people
of islam commit violence in the name of islam? yes. Do christian people commit
violence in the name of christianity? yes. What about the Ku Klux Klan? ARe they
considered christian? They hold the cross and uses verses of the bible to
promote violence.
4) Does Islam oppress women? NO!!! Islam teaches us that women need to be
protected by the evils of society. I find it funny that Hirsi believes women in
America are "free" because we can walk around in bikinis and have been elected
to Secretary of State!!! Seriously?!?! It is the year 2011... why have we not
had a female president? Women recieved their right to vote in 1932. What about
women's salary? Why are women who are just as qualified in the same position as
men paid less? Is that a christian issue? NO, it's culture.
Also, the way a woman dresses is subject to various opinions. A muslim woman who
covers herself either with a headscarf or full sleeves and pants feels a sense
of "freedom" because she does not feel compelled to show off her body to the
pressure of society where a woman must be skinny and voluptuous. A woman should
be judged by her merits and not her appearance. The "need" to look beautfiul and
have the perfect "10" body has emanated so vastly that it leads to "oppression"
of women in terms of poor self esteem especially among our young american women
who "binge" and "purge' and suffer from depression because they don't look like
a model. It has reached t

posted by fchawdry on April 20, 2011

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