Rage in a cage:Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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.

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Filed under Agnostic/Atheist/Skeptic, Islam

2 responses to “Rage in a cage:Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  1. Nice blog.I have a problem with Hirsi, one she has a chequered personal background which leaves her in no position to lecture on morality. Two, she is very selective with her quotations to the point I sometimes wonder whether she has actually ever read the Qu'ran. Three, she is rabid in her attacks and seems to delight in being the pin up girl for the neocons.

  2. So glad you visited my blog and shared a link to this review in your comment. I think that we had the same “end-user experience” with this particular book. You were right: nothing new, readable with compelling arguments, and lacking something. Perfect review of this book!

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