All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.
Nomad – synonym – wanderer.
She titled her book, “Nomad.”
For that was her ancestral origins — misleadingly put as “her genetics” — supposedly her “inheritance” and her culture.
But she was different. Something deep inside was different.
She had always read books, from the beginning as a child.
The seeds of doubt.
She wants to write a book. She wanted to write it before her two bestselling books, Infidel and Nomad, it’s tentative title is: A Shortcut to the Enlightenment. — She, however, had taken the longer road, herself.
Masterminds tend to be much more definite and self-confident than other Rationals, having usually developed a very strong will. Decisions come easily to them; in fact, they can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality. [Please Understand Me II]
‘The idea of taking some distance from yourself, of thinking in a systematic way about who you are and how the mind is built up…’ She wants to have an imaginative debate, in the form of a book, where Muhammad argues for his ideas with Karl Popper, Fredrich Hayek, and John Stuart Mill.
“I have moved from one civilization to another. In fact, according to Huntington’s definition of civilization, I have moved through three: the African, the Muslim and then I crossed over to the West.”
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born into a Majerteen family in Mogadishu, Somalia. Her father, Hirsi Magan Isse, was a prominent member of the Somali Salvation Democratic Front and a leading figure in the Somalian Revolution. Shortly after she was born, her father was imprisoned due to his opposition to Somalia’s Siad Barre government.
Hirsi Ali’s father had studied abroad and was opposed to female genital cutting, but while he was imprisoned, Hirsi Ali’s grandmother had the traditional procedure performed on five-year-old Hirsi Ali.
They settled in Nairobi, Kenya, where Hirsi Ali attended the English-language Muslim Girls’ Secondary School. By the time she reached her teens, Saudi-funded religious education was becoming more influential among Muslims in other countries, and a charismatic religious teacher who had been trained under this aegis joined Hirsi Ali’s school. She inspired the teenaged Ayaan, as well as some fellow students, to adopt the more rigorous Saudi Arabian interpretations of Islam, as opposed to the more relaxed versions then current in Somalia and Kenya. Hirsi Ali had been impressed by the Qur’an before she could even read, and had lived “by the Book, for the Book” throughout her childhood.
She sympathised with the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, and wore a hijab together with her school uniform, which was unusual at the time but gradually became more common. She agreed with the fatwa against British writer Salman Rushdie that was declared in reaction to the publication of his controversial novel The Satanic Verses. After completing secondary school, she attended a secretarial course at Valley Secretarial College in Nairobi for one year. At this time, Hirsi Ali read English adventure stories such as the Nancy Drew series, containing modern heroine archetypes which overstepped the limits traditionally imposed by religion and society. [Wikipedia]
She apparently started to question what was in the Qur’an. So by 1992, her perspective had and was changed.
Hirsi Ali states that in 1992 her father arranged to marry her to a distant cousin. She says that she objected to this both on general grounds (she states that she dreaded being forced to submit to a stranger, someone with “the Holy Book on his side” who could force himself on her sexually), and on specific objections to this particular cousin, saying that he was a “bigot” and an “idiot”.
It is not disputed that in 1992 she travelled from Kenya to visit her family in Düsseldorf and Bonn, Germany. It was planned that she would join her husband in Canada after obtaining a visa while in Germany. Members of her family have disputed the story of her forced marriage. According to Hirsi Ali, she spent her time in Germany frantically trying to devise a way to escape her unwanted marriage. Ultimately she decided that she would claim to want to visit a relative in the Netherlands, but once she had arrived, seek help from that relative and claim asylum. [Wikipedia]
Hirsi learned more about the West and the Enlightenment in her new home, Netherlands.
After being granted asylum she held various short-term jobs, ranging from cleaning to sorting post… She says that she had been an avid reader from childhood, and access to new books and ways of thought stretched her imagination and frightened her at the same time. … She states that she was impressed with how well Dutch society seemed to function and, in an effort to better understand how this system had developed, studied at Leiden University where she obtained a MSc degree in political science in 2000. [Wikipedia]
She began realized her religion was not a source of much good, but rather much more evil, especially the attitude towards women. The treatment of women was badly outdated, rooted in the seventh century. She became an atheist, reading The Atheist Manifesto. 9/11 attack was an event in helping her change of mind. She eventually became political.
In 2003, aged 33, she became prominent in the parliamentary election campaign. Her message: the Dutch welfare state had overlooked abuse of Muslim women and girls, contributing to their isolation and oppression. She won a seat in the Dutch Parliament. She openly criticized Muhammad and Islam.
Hirsi Ali wrote the script and provided the voice-over for Submission, a film produced by Theo van Gogh, which criticised the treatment of women in Islamic society. Juxtaposed with passages from the Qur’an were scenes of actresses portraying Muslim women suffering abuse. The film also features an actress dressed in a semi-transparent burqa who has texts from the Qur’an written on her skin. The texts are among those often interpreted as justifying the subjugation of women. The film’s release sparked much furore, and Mohammed Bouyeri, a member of the Hofstad Group, murdered Van Gogh in an Amsterdam street on November 2, 2004. A letter pinned to Van Gogh’s body with a knife was primarily a death threat to Hirsi Ali.
Infidel. Traitor. How dare she.
Not being very safe in the Netherlands and having legal difficulties because of her hiding of her real identity when she applied for asylum in the Netherlands, she came to America, invited by the American Enterprise Institute, a Conservative think tank. She has stayed, finding America the land of opportunity. In response to ongoing abuses of women’s rights, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and her supporters established the AHA Foundation in 2007 to help protect and defend the rights of women in the West from oppression justified by religion and culture.