Nomad Paperback – Feb 8 2011
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“Here is the story of a young African woman, born into Islam, who was given every possible occasion to feel grievance, resentment and humiliation yet who has employed her own life as an example of internationalism, tolerance, multiculturalism and the redemption of others. Her humor and irony and fortitude constitute the finest counterpoint to the surly cult of death that presses itself against us. For me, the three most beautiful words in the emerging language of secular resistance to tyranny are Ayaan Hirsi Ali.”
— Christopher Hitchens
“There is more wisdom and compassion in this book than can be found in most university libraries — and surely more than has been published in the Muslim world since the time of the Prophet. I can think of no one who better exemplifies the hard-won gains of the Enlightenment or who can speak more effectively in their defense, than Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Nomad is both a moving account of her personal journey out of bondage, and [a] trumpet blast to awaken Westerners at all points along the political spectrum: there is a war of ideas that must be waged and won in the Muslim world, and we misunderstand the true tenets of Islam at our peril. Hirsi Ali’s voice and example are simply indispensable. There is no one like her — and we need thousands like her.”
— Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation
“This moving account by a remarkably brave woman of her personal journey from the pre-modern mindset of nomadic Somali society to a modern Western one provides a searing indictment of the cult of ‘multiculturalism’ and ‘diversity’ which are disabling other Muslims in the West from making a similar transition, and making their youth turn to radical Islam and becoming ‘jihadis.’ More than many academic tomes this personal memoir provides a cogent account of how and why Islam poses the gravest threat to Western liberal societies.”
— Deepak Lal, author of In Praise of Empires
“A brilliant introduction to the dynamics of Muslim families in the West. . . . Hirsi Ali is a compelling writer who is neither strident nor shrill. Her life story is a triumph of the human spirit.”
— Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail
“Hirsi Ali is a gifted storyteller, and Nomad’s vignettes are precise and evocative and they often underscore strong socio-political arguments.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who is still only in her later 30s, has already ensured her place in history and is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable people in the world.”
— Theodore Dalrymple, The Globe and Mail
“If Infidel was her wake-up call to the West, Nomad is her battle cry. . . . It would be a mistake to dismiss Hirsi Ali’s passionately argued ideas.”
— Elle (US)
“I am on Hirsi Ali’s side. . . Nomad circles round and round the incidents, people and themes of her life. . . . She writes movingly about her [family]. . . . Her explicit and insistent belief — that Islamic societies enforce the closing of the Muslim mind to the detriment of living standards, personal development and peace — is her driving force.”
— John Lloyd, Financial Times
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About the Author
AYAAN HIRSI ALI, author of The Caged Virgin and the bestselling Infidel, was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" in 2005, and Reader's Digest "European of the Year." She received Norway's Human Rights Service Bellwether of the Year Award, the Danish Freedom Prize, the Swedish Democracy Prize, and the Moral Courage Award for Commitment to Conflict Resolution, Ethics, and World Citizenship. Born in Somalia, raised Muslim, she fled to the Netherlands in 1992 to escape a forced marriage to an elderly cousin she had never met who lived in Canada. She learned Dutch, earned her college degree in political science, and worked for the Dutch Labor party, serving as a Dutch parliamentarian. She denounced Islam after the September 11 attacks, speaking out for the rights of Muslim women, the enlightenment of Islam, and security in the West. Since the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by an Islamic fanatic she has lived under constant threat for her outspoken beliefs.
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*Part 1 describes what happened to the author's relatives. These case histories already make you think a lot and draw a few conclusions.
Part 2 recounts how Ayaan left Holland for the United States. Her impressions about that new country are very interesting.
Part 3 explains the troubled relationship that many people from her background have with sexuality, money, and violence.
Part 4 lays down the solutions she offers. Juicy material.
*Particularly touching is her "Letter to my unborn daughter", found towards the end of the book...
*If you go to the website of the AHA foundation and click on the link following WHAT DO WE KNOW, you'll access a very complete and informative document.
*This book is about undoubtedly one of the major challenges of the century. Buy it.
The author is a gifted writer, with the unique ability to make you feel as though were literally present during her experiences. She is very adept at presenting her story in an intelligent, easy to read manner.
Only someone with a first hand account of Islam, can expose the hypocrisy of this religion in such a forthright manner.
In the latter section of the book she has has given space to the topic of remedies. Here she offers some very sound, straightforward solutions to liberate Muslims form the bondage of their religion. She offers enlightenment through the encouragement of free thought, among other things. Regardless of your opinions on the Islamization of the West, I am sure you will benefit from reading this book.
Devoted to the family, Part One deals with the death of her father and her relations with her mother, half-sister, brother and his son, and her cousins. She holds up the history and experiences of several of her relatives to demonstrate the plight of Muslim families, particularly those in the West. Her observations correspond closely to those of Dr Wafa Sultan who grew up in Syria and those of Egyptian-born Nonie Darwish as related in Now They Call Me Infidel and Cruel and Usual Punishment.
In the letter to her grandmother she appeals to Somalis and Muslims to admit that the old ways go round in circles now, that new thinking is needed and that progress necessitates giving up some traditions and certainties. Alfred North Whitehead showed why symbolism needs to be constantly adapted and modified by new forms of expression. Worn symbols have to be remolded in accordance with changes in societal structure. Stagnation leads to regression that brings forth toxic fruits like tyranny and the terror of Jihad.Read more ›
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Am enjoying the book. Having read Infidel, her earlier book, and working with Muslim refugees encouraged me to read this. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Margaret De Laet
A great book about a strong woman who pays a high price for her freedom. Anothr book club gemPublished 14 months ago by Donna
I loved the clear, decisive prose style. No beating around the bush! I was basically ignorant about the Muslim people and lands. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Claire
But not a great one. I enjoyed Infidel,(Mz. Ali's first book) more.
However I found Nomad informative and insightful. This is a brave woman.