I enjoyed Ayaan's first book [Infidel] more than this one. Her critique of fundamentalism is obviously legitimate and crucial. However, this book in particular is sparse on insight when supporting America. America is not the only country in the world that claims to be against Islamic fundamentalism, so I do not see why it is put on a pedestal so uncritically. How about America's support of Saudi Arabia, a source of so much extremism? How about America's military interventions in Iran, derailing their secular progress? How about America's support of Israel? Both sides should be considered to get a complete picture of American foreign policy and its role in preventing fundamentalism.
As always, amazing, amazing, amazing. What a genuinely remarkable person! a must read!
After a harrowing childhood lived according to a particularly strict interpretation of Muslim law, Somali-born Ali escaped to Europe rather than move to Canada to marry a man she'd never met. Arriving in Holland, she soon became an international celebrity for her willingness to publicly denounce the uglier sides of Islamic culture, particularly as it relates to the oppression of women and girls. Many personal stories are repeated from her earlier book, “Infidel”, but here the story of her immigration to the U.S. is included. "Nomad" is a portrait of a family torn apart by the clash of civilizations. Her indictment of Islam and the oppression of women is harsh but very revealing.
This was a heartfelt and thought-provoking book to listen to. The author's voice provided an authenticity that was very charming.
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