Nomad : From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-18
  • Publisher: Free Press
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world’s attention with Infidel, her compelling coming-of-age memoir, which spent thirty-one weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, in Nomad, Hirsi Ali tells of coming to America to build a new life, an ocean away from the death threats made to her by European Islamists, the strife she witnessed, and the inner conflict she suffered. It is the story of her physical journey to freedom and, more crucially, her emotional journey to freedom—her transition from a tribal mind-set that restricts women’s every thought and action to a life as a free and equal citizen in an open society. Through stories of the challenges she has faced, she shows the difficulty of reconciling the contradictions of Islam with Western values.

In these pages Hirsi Ali recounts the many turns her life took after she broke with her family, and how she struggled to throw off restrictive superstitions and misconceptions that initially hobbled her ability to assimilate into Western society. She writes movingly of her reconciliation, on his deathbed, with her devout father, who had disowned her when she renounced Islam after 9/11, as well as with her mother and cousins in Somalia and in Europe.

Nomad is a portrait of a family torn apart by the clash of civilizations. But it is also a touching, uplifting, and often funny account of one woman’s discovery of today’s America. While Hirsi Ali loves much of what she encounters, she fears we are repeating the European mistake of underestimating radical Islam. She calls on key institutions of the West—including universities, the feminist movement, and the Christian churches—to enact specific, innovative remedies that would help other Muslim immigrants to overcome the challenges she has experienced and to resist the fatal allure of fundamentalism and terrorism.

This is Hirsi Ali’s intellectual coming-of-age, a memoir that conveys her philosophy as well as her experiences, and that also conveys an urgent message and mission—to inform the West of the extent of the threat from Islam, both from outside and from within our open societies. A celebration of free speech and democracy, Nomad is an important contribution to the history of ideas, but above all a rousing call to action.

“This woman is a major hero of our time.” - Richard Dawkins

“Illuminating analysis… NOMAD’s special strength…lies in the way that her arguments and perceptions are rooted in personal experience…. She rages eloquently…writes revealingly. NOMAD is an excellent read.” -New York Review of Books

“Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new memoir is the most powerful book you will have read in a long time.” -Christian Science Monitor

"Brilliant” -Tunku Varadarajan, The Daily Beast

Author Biography

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the author of The Caged Virgin and Infidel, and a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her commitment to conflict resolution, ethics, and world citizenship, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Unsung Heroes Award. In 2007 she established the AHA Foundation (www. theahafoundation. org), to help protect and defend the rights of women in the West against militant Islam.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
A Problem Family
My Fatherp. 3
My Half Sisterp. 13
My Motherp. 23
My Brother's Storyp. 41
My Brother's Sonp. 61
My Cousinsp. 73
Letter to My Grandmotherp. 85
Nomad Again
Nomad Againp. 95
Americap. 109
Islam in Americap. 127
Sex, Money, Violence
School and Sexualityp. 149
Money and Responsibilityp. 165
Violence and the Closing of the Muslim Mindp. 185
Opening the Muslim Mind: An Enlightenment Projectp. 205
Dishonor, Death, and Feministsp. 219
Seeking God but Finding Allahp. 237
Conclusion: The Miyé and the Magaalop. 255
Epilogue: Letter to My Unborn Daughterp. 263
The AHA Foundationp. 275
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Enlightening and necessary reading. July 28, 2011
This is an incredibly enlightening textbook. Not a religious book, per se, but gives the reader a look into how religious practices can and do affect people, especially girls and women. Ayaan is extremely intelligent and a very brave and courageous woman.Good product, arrived ahead of schedule, and in new condition as advertised by seller. Overall I experience no problems.
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