While prowling the shelves at Midland Branch a bit ago I came across Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s 2006 book The Caged Virgin:An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam. For those of you who don’t know, she is the author of Infidel as well as contributor to the late Theo Van Gogh’s film Submission.
This must be pretty readable book ’cause I burned through in just a few days. In a nutshell, this book can be best described as her passionately critical look at the Islamic world, with special attention paid to the plight of its women. To her credit I thought she did a pretty good job asking why many Islamic countries lag behind the West in areas like economic development and individual freedom. Unfortunately, nothing in this book really rocked my world. It was readable and she made compelling arguments, but I really didn’t come across anything new. Her book seems to be lacking something, I just don’t know what.