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About Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali (born Ayaan Hirsi Magan, in 1969) is a Somali-born Dutch-American activist, feminist, author, scholar, and former Dutch politician.


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I’d love to go and visit the Mosque in Mecca again, just for the sheer beauty of it, not for God – much the way a non-Catholic might go to Vatican City because of the beauty of the buildings and the artifacts. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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I am not against migration. It is simply pragmatic to restrict migration, while at the same time encouraging integration and fighting discrimination. I support the idea of the free movement of goods, people, money and jobs in Europe. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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My first experience in the Netherlands was very pleasant, extremely pleasant. I mean, I got my residence permit, refugee status, within four weeks of arrival. People treated me extremely well. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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I grew up in Somalia, in Saudi Arabia, in Ethiopia, and in Kenya. I came to Europe in 1992, when I was 22, and became a member of Parliament in Holland. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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There are some mosques with facilities for women; it’s usually a back room with a back-door entrance. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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Of course, the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not terrorists or sympathetic to terrorists. Equating all Muslims with terrorism is stupid and wrong. But acknowledging that there is a link between Islam and terror is appropriate and necessary. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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The liberal psyche wants to protect minorities, to apologize for imperialism, colonialism, slavery, and the appalling treatment of black people during the civil rights movement. At the same time, they want to continue to defend the rights of individuals. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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With the first commandment, Mohammed tried to imprison common sense. And with the second commandment, the beautiful, romantic side of mankind was enslaved. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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Young people, some of whom are not born into the faith, are being fired up by preachers using basic Islamic scripture and mobilized to wage jihad by radical imams who represent themselves as legitimate Muslim clergymen. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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Many people in Europe and the U.S. dispute the thesis that we are living through a clash of civilisations between Islam and the west. But a radical minority of Muslims firmly believes that Islam is under siege, and is committed to winning the holy war it has declared against the West. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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Americans have always welcomed people of all backgrounds, religions, and races. It’s a spirit of tolerance, now energized and amplified by the cult of multiculturalism. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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I am grateful to my father for sending me to school, and that we moved from Somalia to Kenya, where I learned English. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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All my life I have been a nomad. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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Every time you take a train, step into your car, walk into the shopping mall, go to the airport – every single time, something could happen. That’s how terrorism works. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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I see no difference between Islam and Islamism. Islam is defined as submission to the will of Allah, as it is described in the Koran. Islamism is just Islam in its most pure form. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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A Western woman is not her brother’s or her father’s property. She’s just herself. She can choose her own lifestyle. But in a Muslim family, the honor of the man is between the legs of a woman. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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The idea that if people are just friendly and demonstrate they want peace, that will be answered with good will – that is really naive. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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You have to let individuals make their own choices and respect that, even if it’s your own child. And that’s what was taken away from me. My father passed away thinking I still had to go back to his way of believing. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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I assume the closest members of my family don’t actually want to kill me, but the truth is that I have shamed and hurt them; they have to deal with the outrage that my public statements cause, and undoubtedly some members of my clan do want to kill me for that. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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Over the course of my life, I have made many transitions – most of them taking me further away from my Somali roots and steadily toward the enlightened mentality of Western democracy. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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In Holland I have seen well-meaning, principled people blinded by multiculturalism, overwhelmed by the imperative to be sensitive and respectful of immigrant culture, while ignoring criminal abuse of women and girls. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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We who don’t want radical Islam to spread must compete with the agents of radical Islam. I want to see what would happen if Christians, feminists and Enlightenment thinkers were to start proselytizing in the Muslim community. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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The problem is that those of us who were born into Islam and who don’t want to live according to scripture – we don’t have what the Jews have, which is a rabbinical tradition that allows you to ask questions. We also don’t have the church tradition that the Christians have. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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I come from a world where the word ‘trauma’ doesn’t exist, because we are too poor. I didn’t have an easy life compared to the average European. But compared to the average African, it wasn’t all that bad. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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Avoiding offense means that we don’t accept each other as equals. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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They decided to let immigrants in and I am an immigrant. They gave us a chance to participate in this country’s life and I took it. Ayaan Hirsi Ali


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