Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Hirsi Ali, Ayaan “Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations”

Hirsi Ali, Ayaan “Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations” - 2010

After having read “Infidel. My Life” in December 2009, we couldn't wait for the next book about Ayaan Hirsi Ali's life. We thought, she was an intelligent and courageous woman. One of our members said, everyone who has something to do with Islam should read this and she would like to read another book that brings this in balance. Any suggestions?

The author writes in a clear way, some thought, her life in Somalia was the most interesting part, the different views and culture. We were all glad to have read this.

We were surprised that she says Christians should convert Muslims even though she is an atheist. For her, the God of Christianity is preferred to the God of Islam (even though we do talk about the same God here). In her regard, Islam is only black and white. It was interesting to see the problems she addressed that a lot of refugees have when coming to Europe. She says, if you don't accept the views here, don't come. There is one thing, the people in the Western world don't want, that is to be called racist or intolerant. Ayaan Hirsi Ali says by giving in we enable the refugees to carry on what they turned away from in the first place. We have to get over this. A US American member said, their whole country is built up with immigrants.

We addressed some of the problems that occur in the various countries, compared a little from what we knew, all in all, we had a very interesting discussion and surely will want to read more about this.

Also read Ian Buruma “Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance

We discussed this in our book club in May 2011.

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