Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Feminism’s freedom fighter

She has put her life on the line to defend women against radical Islam.

Los Angeles Times
October 17, 2009

For five years she’s lived under the threat of death from Islamic radicals, and in those five years, she has become an acclaimed and provocative author on matters about Islam and the West. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born into a Somali Muslim family and eventually made her way to the Netherlands as a refugee.

There she wrote a screenplay for a short film about women’s treatment under Islam. Just over two months after it aired, the filmmaker Theo van Gogh was assassinated. A letter threatening Ali’s life has meant she has lived under guard ever since — most recently thanks to a fund set up by private donors.

Controversy follows her: In 2006, she resigned from the Netherlands parliament under fire for lying on her asylum papers; the complex charges and countercharges precipitated a Dutch political upheaval.

She now works for the conservative American Enterprise Institute, which is headquartered in Washington. She established her AHA foundation to defend the rights of women in the West against militant Islam. Her autobiography, “Infidel: My Life,” which detailed her own genital mutilation in Somalia, was a bestseller, and her next book, “Nomad,” is to be published in February.

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