Nomad : A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations Paperback
Nomad is a philosophical memoir, telling how Ayaan Hirsi Ali came to America in search of a new life, and the difficulties she faced in reconciling her two worlds.
With vivid anecdotes and observations of people, cultures, and political debacles, this narrative weaves together Hirsi Ali's personal story -- including her reconciliation with her devout father who had disowned her when she denounced Islam -- with the stories of other women and men, high-profile and not, whom she encounters.
With a deep understanding and intimate perspective of the situation of Muslim women and moderates in the world today and her singular, unwavering intellectual courage, Hirsi Ali offers her always notable, often controversial analysis of Islam vis a vis the superiority of Western democratic values.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 13/05/2010
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9781847376640
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Review by mumfie
This is not just a straight linear story of Ayaan's life, or volume 3 thereof. She follows several of her family members, giving their story and showing their problems, quite simply how Islam messed with their heads, all of them and prevented them leading a 'normal' life. All this is interweaved with her own history but much more reflective than her previous volumes as to the how and why. For that reason it's slightly less accessible than Infidel. She identifies the three key problems facing Muslim refugees as 'sex, violence and money' due to the completely different attitudes towards them in the West'. Her experiences in the Netherlands working with refugees give weight to what she says.Ayaan is uncompromising in her description of the violence and subjugation of women that Islam produces. She is also uncompromising in her denunciation of Western tolerance towards Islam, its welcoming of all things multicultural and the West's refusal to criticise Islam lest it upset people.As an atheist I find her suggestion that Christians ought to proselytise more in order that Muslims can transfer their religious beliefs from Allah to God unpleasant but understandable. It strengthens the need for atheism to be seen as a positive force rather than a vacuum.She writes clearly and concisely in a very calm manner considering the tale that she is telling. This strengthens her voice and makes it louder. She is impassioned and yet reasoned. This is a book that everyone ought to read, not just women, not just westerners.