I thought this is going to be good. The girls, who all wore hijab and a lot of makeup looked very pretty. They had to undergo physicals and psychological testing to make sure they would be the best representative of Miss Muslimah and a shining example to Muslim women all over the world. The girls liked singing. Dina said that she had been taught that singing, like her body and her hair, were part of her attributes that should be hidden from men and she was really surprised it was acceptable. But all this 21st century modernity went pear-shaped and proved Ayaan right in the end.
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I thought this is going to be good. The girls, who all wore hijab and a lot of makeup looked very pretty. They had to undergo physicals and psychological testing to make sure they would be the best representative of Miss Muslimah and a shining example to Muslim women all over the world.
The girls liked singing. Dina said that she had been taught that singing, like her body and her hair, were part of her attributes that should be hidden from men and she was really surprised it was acceptable. But all this 21st century modernity went pear-shaped and proved Ayaan right in the end. They went to a village and Dina had to stay the night in a house where there was also an old man. She was submissive to him in every way.
Most of the girls were from Indonesia, but Miss Tunisia, who was in every way quite ordinary, was named the winner in a contest that looked totally fixed to Dina and to me.
Yet another opportunity for propagandising hatred. Our girl, back in England let loose a lot of bad language and sounded, just as she thought she was, terribly English. But she will never see that herself.
She is proud of her submission and rejoices in the freedom of the UK. Ayaan is right. Faith schools have to go, all faith schools. That would help. All schooling should be for boys and girls equally and should promote our values of freedom. Religion can be taught outside of school. That is part of our freedom. One of the things Ayaan did was to get the Dutch government to count up the number of honour killings ie. There were 11 murders. Much respect to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Despite living under death threats for speaking the truth about the position of women.
And of speaking the truth that terrorism of the West is not just some small bunch of fundamentalists but is absolutely justified by the Koran, supported by enormous numbers of Muslims worldwide and bankrolled by Islamic countries. She says that a re-interpretation of the Koran should be allowed in this modern era, rather than Saudi Arabia being look to as living by the purest interpretation of Islam. I know quite a few Arab Muslims.
I count them as friends. At least they will stop and chat for half an hour at a time. All except a few are quite modern - the wives wear shorts and sandals and come to my shop. There are only a few black-robed women on the island and from only a few of them have I experienced unmistakeable anti-semitism. We will see. I so respect Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She says the Dutch allow all religions to have their own schools which further the aims of their religions. But that doing so for Islam encourages and furthers a culture where their holy book says women can be beaten by their husbands if they are mischievous.
And about the lack of integration into the host country. Is it right to say that religious law takes precedence over civil and criminal law? Is it right to deny women and children their rights because their religion does? But that culture meant depriving women and girls of their rights. Girls were cut circumcised on kitchen tables. Girls who chose their own boyfriends were beaten half to death or murdered. Women who were raped were afraid of being shunned in their community as they were no longer pure.
This hurts my heart. Here is Ayaan being told all the things that please Allah and being told at the same time that there would be no peace for Muslims until all the Jews were destroyed. You know I feel that the whole Palestinian issue is one of anti-semitism through and through and it has people who sympathise with that and people who are ignorant of the facts. Palestine was never an independent nation.
Jordan is not particularly friendly to Palestinians. If this was truly a war against Israel as occupiers of the lands, then why not of Jordanians?
Answer because Israel is Jewish and Jordan is Muslim. As was the Turkish empire. I am by no means anti-Palestinian or anti-Muslim people. People are people whatever their religion or politics. We do it all the time on Goodreads. It is making me think we blame Fundamentalism all the time as though that was a very small group of people but what I am hearing in this book is making me think it is a great deal more widespread than that.
This book is just emphasising to me the hatred of Jews that seems to be deeply part of Islam at least in Africa and the Middle East and not so much a political attitude but a religious one. I have friends who are Muslims so either they were not brought up in a religious way likely or they have come to their own conclusions and they are mostly from Lebanon and which I think is more sophisticated. But I can understand Jihad more easily after reading this. Her mother must have suffered from that too.
But the mother hates Christians in both Ethiopia and then Kenya where they eventually move to. Christians, the mother thinks are dirty, despicable, stink and will infect them with "hideous diseases" and calls them Circumcision being better than stoning to death. I have to agree. Be warned. This doctor goes into extreme detail of how he circumcises women.
I wanted to think it was a weird fantasy, maybe it is, but it had too much surgical detail. Here is another link to the keeping of Blacks as very much second class citizens and perhaps as slaves still. They are pure and the Jews are the djinns, devils. Everything bad was the fault of the Jews. Even the air conditioner breaking down was the fault of the Jews. Children were taught to pray for the health of their parents and the destruction of the Jews.
In school the teachers taught them at length all the evil things the Jews had done and planned to do against the Muslims. Well my family is also Black. And Christian.
And I am a woman. I was listening to this in a queue at the local phone company. I asked Ali, who is Lebanese, the sales manager and a friend if all Muslims curse like this. He laughed and he said yeah, but not to take it personally. That Muslims were generally brought up to despise Jews above all others, but Christians too. He was brought up Muslim but now is anti religion in the extreme seeing it just as a political power trip to control people.
But then I have had good friends who were Muslim. I shared a flat in London for a year with two guys, Egyptian and Libyan. My best mate in college was an Egyptian woman. Still it was unpleasant to hear Jew used as a curse word.
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Shortly after she was born, her father was imprisoned due to his opposition to the Siad Barre government. According to Hirsi Ali, she was fortunate that her grandmother could not find a woman to do the procedure, as the mutilation was "much milder" when performed by men. There he established a comfortable upper-class life for them. By the time she reached her teens, Saudi Arabia was funding religious education in numerous countries and its religious views were becoming influential among many Muslims. 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. This was unusual at the time but has become more common among some young Muslim women.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
She made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and resigned from the Dutch Parliament. Infidel shows the coming of age of this distinguished political superstar and champion of free speech as well as the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice. Raised in a strict Muslim family, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female mutilation, brutal beatings, adolescence as a devout believer during the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four troubled, unstable countries ruled largely by despots. She escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she earned a college degree in political science, tried to help her tragically depressed sister adjust to the West, and fought for the rights of Muslim women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament. Under constant threat, demonized by reactionary Islamists and politicians, disowned by her father, and expelled from family and clan, she refuses to be silenced. As Western governments struggle to balance democratic ideals with religious pressures, no other book could be more timely or more significant. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read.