The Caged Virgin : A Muslim Woman's Cry for Reason, Paperback

The Caged Virgin : A Muslim Woman's Cry for Reason Paperback

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Raised a Muslim but increasingly outraged by her religion's hostility towards women, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has now become one of today's most talked-about, admired and controversial political figures because of her desire to free women from an oppressive Muslim culture.

Her bestselling collection of essays, THE CAGED VIRGIN, now available in English for the first time, brings together some of her most passionate and compelling writing on a wide range of issues concerning Islam.

Drawing on her own first-hand experience and cultural background, she assesses the role of women in Islam both in practice and in theory; the rights of the individual; fanaticism; and Western policies towards immigrant communities.

Provocative and compelling in equal measure, THE CAGED VIRGIN is an important addition to the ongoing debate about the 'clash of civilizations' and marks the debut of a writer and activist destined to be one of the key international figures of the early twenty-first century.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Gender studies: women
  • ISBN: 9781416526230



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Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of my great heores of the 21st Century. It's a shame she's had to cozy up to neo-cons in the United States because the left won't unequivocally support her. I unequivocally support her. This book is a necessary eye-opener.

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I admire Hirsi Ali's bravery. Her essays about Islam have been considered blasphemous, and at the very least she has committed apostasy by abandoning Islam, and according to the Koran her punishment should be death by stoning. Hirsi Ali argues very convincingly that Islam is in dire need of reforming, that there needs to be a Muslim Voltaire, and that the tribal practices at the heart of Islam, such as female genital mutilation, need to be abolished.Overall a tremendous set of essays, and required reading for anybody interested in the issue of Islam and the modern world.

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