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Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations

Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations By Ayaan Hirsi Ali Nomad From Islam to America A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations This woman is a major hero of our time Richard Dawkins Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world s attention with Infidel her compelling coming of age memoir which spent thirty one weeks on the New York Ti

  • Title: Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations
  • Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • ISBN: 9781439157312
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations By Ayaan Hirsi Ali This woman is a major hero of our time Richard Dawkins Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world s attention with Infidel, her compelling coming of age memoir, which spent thirty one weeks on the New York Times bestseller list Now, in Nomad, Hirsi Ali tells of coming to America to build a new life, an ocean away from the death threats made to her by European Islamists, the s This woman is a major hero of our time Richard Dawkins Ayaan Hirsi Ali captured the world s attention with Infidel, her compelling coming of age memoir, which spent thirty one weeks on the New York Times bestseller list Now, in Nomad, Hirsi Ali tells of coming to America to build a new life, an ocean away from the death threats made to her by European Islamists, the strife she witnessed, and the inner conflict she suffered It is the story of her physical journey to freedom and, crucially, her emotional journey to freedom her transition from a tribal mind set that restricts women s every thought and action to a life as a free and equal citizen in an open society Through stories of the challenges she has faced, she shows the difficulty of reconciling the contradictions of Islam with Western values In these pages Hirsi Ali recounts the many turns her life took after she broke with her family, and how she struggled to throw off restrictive superstitions and misconceptions that initially hobbled her ability to assimilate into Western society She writes movingly of her reconciliation, on his deathbed, with her devout father, who had disowned her when she renounced Islam after 9 11, as well as with her mother and cousins in Somalia and in Europe Nomad is a portrait of a family torn apart by the clash of civilizations But it is also a touching, uplifting, and often funny account of one woman s discovery of today s
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    1. Nicki Hill on said:

      very pertinent to me Social workers in the West will tell you that immigrants need to maintain group cohesion for their mental health, because otherwise they will be confused and their self esteem destroyed This is untrue The idea that immigrants need to maintain group cohesion promotes the perception of them as victim groups requiring special accommodation, an industry of special facilities and assistance If people should conform to their ancestral culture, it therefore follows that they should [...]

    2. Libby on said:

      FTC NOTICE Library BookREVIEW Nomad exists as one of the best books I have ever read Ayaan Hirsi Ali presented herself as an incredible, multi faceted, dynamic human being, and her book did not waste a single word in its effort to directly and thoughtfully convey her Somali clan culture, Muslim history, and personal growth that paved the way to an atheistic position.She clearly defined how the Muslim religion manifested itself in numerous familial generations and those around her This belief sys [...]

    3. Trish on said:

      Undoubtedly an exceptional mind here There is no surprise that she has attacted so much attention One only wishes that her personal life could have been richly rewarding, but then, one can t have everything Perhaps if she had a family that loved her, we would not be the recipients of her mental largesse A couple of things stand out 1 this is yet another woman from a Muslim background telling us Islam an irreparable and damaged religion focused on doing harm to women and non Muslims and we should [...]

    4. Negin on said:

      Yet another author that I wish I knew personally This book is an excellent sequel to her first book, Infidel Everyone should read both of them, and, mind you, this is coming from me Honestly, I m rarely pushy with books, or at least I try not to be The older I get, the less I seem to tell people what to do Her two books are an exception Towards the end of the book, she does a brilliant job calling feminists to action to take up the cause of Muslim women and girls After all, how can today s femin [...]

    5. Milan/zzz on said:

      Ayaan Hirsi Ali s books are not the type of books for which you can say I like it or I don t like it Those sorts of evaluations are just too trivial and utterly inadequate Nomad is not exception Her Infidel blown me away and this one is a sort of sequel She s an exceptionally brave woman and in her books she s not compromising with very sensitive issues which leaves two options to the reader to agree or disagree But then she elaborates her statements incredibly strongly so when you re disagreein [...]

    6. Meneesha Govender on said:

      Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Somalia into a strict Muslim family.When her father sent her overseas to marry a man she did not know, Ali chose to ignore her family s wishes and carve out a new life for herself in the Netherlands.After studying political science and getting a degree, she joined the Labour Party After 9 11, Ali denounced Islam and this paved the way for her to become a member of the Dutch Parliament.She captured the world s attention with her first book Infidel a coming of age memoi [...]

    7. Marjorie on said:

      Ok, no pussy foot in around about the conflict between tribal and urban, western, traditional In the real world, equal respect for all cultures doesn t translate into a rich mosaic of colorful and proud peoples interacting peacefully while maintaining a delightful diversity of food and craftwork It translates into closed pockets of oppression, ignorance, and abuse Women, girls bare the weight of Islamic violence of male domination physically, legally, psychologically Female genital circumcision [...]

    8. ♥ Ibrahim ♥ on said:

      Ayaan is just impressive It is hard to believe she was born speaking Arabic and Somali and that English is not her mother tongue I was born speaking Arabic, but she is far sophisticated, intelligent, academically analytical than I am I read her book, sit at her feet and learn from her, such an excellent scholar Her life comes through this book and she is every bit as real and at the same time she is really well learned and you can t help but read her phrases over and over again so you can lea [...]

    9. Chris Aylott on said:

      Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an excellent writer The events she has seen with her own eyes are gripping and worth serious consideration However, I m also convinced she s a paranoid wingnut who throws out a bunch of wild assertions instead of facts.She is convincing when she describes the abuse she and the women she knows have suffered in Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and other lovely hotspots in Africa and the Middle East I saw this and that happen is great evidence However, there is no evidence that suggests sh [...]

    10. Jillian O'connor on said:

      Hirsi Ali s second polemic is a personal story of her disillusionment with Islam and her infatuation with the West Her romantic interpretation of American ideals through show tune lyrics smacks of a newcomer s naivete Her assertion that her family s dysfunction is entirely the result of Islam ignores the role that mental illness seems to have played in her family s history Her passionate arguments for feminists to stand up and call out the mistreatment of women within the Muslim community are so [...]

    11. Cheryl on said:

      I was thirty eight years old and I was only beginning to truly understand why people want to belong somewhere, and to understand how difficult it is to sever all ties with the culture and religion in which you are born Outwardly I was a success People wrote articles about me, they asked me what books I was reading and what I thought of Barack Obama My speeches received standing ovation But my personal life was a mess I had escaped from my family and gone to Europe because I hadn t wanted to be t [...]

    12. Karla on said:

      Religion has always mystified me, even as a kid.When I heard about the whole no meat on Friday thing as a young grade schooler, I immediately and for years afterward assumed that these people would get sick if they ate a wrong food on a specific day Catholics obviously had different digestive systems Seemed logical Same with that whole kosher deal HOLY SHIT, A FORK THAT HAS TOUCHED PORK WILL MAKE THEM DROP DEAD D Silly me assumed that there was something scientifically valid in these culinary ru [...]

    13. hayls on said:

      When I began this book I knew there d be some opinions I would not share knowing Ayaan s been published in a prominent right wing newspaper in Australia But I always think it s good to challenge yourself with differing opinions as they can only enhance your own views, so I persevered til the end.The one thing I really liked was her chapter on Western feminism and their ignorance and inaction on Muslim women s issues for fear of being Islamophobic However, a similar and better critique of Western [...]

    14. Mikey B. on said:

      This, again, is a most striking work by the maverick Somailian, ex Muslim writer She is begging the West not to give away its values of liberty and secularism, and to stop giving into and appeasing Islamism She provides many useful warnings as in honour killings in the U.S and Canada not recognized as being linked to Islamic beliefs for the fear of being offensive to religious values This book is even personal than her previous books She describes in some detail her family and the problematic r [...]

    15. Петър Стойков on said:

      , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Infidel, , , , , , .

    16. Jake on said:

      We make our sons This is the tragedy of the tribal Muslim man, and especially the firstborn son the overblown expectations, the ruinous vanity, the unstable sense of self that relies on the oppression of one group of people women to maintain the other group s self image I found the above quote to be one of the most powerful statements in Ayaan Hirsi Ali s book Nomad It is all the significant because it occurs in a chapter devoted to her brother who, Ms Hirsi Ali argues, is as much a victim of f [...]

    17. Gaby on said:

      I wonder what it would have been like to read this book without having read Infidel first I feel that without reading the author s experiences as she describes them in Infidel, and the bravery and strength that oozes out of the pages of that book, it would be hard to understand where she is coming from That personal connection was missing from Nomad, with the exception of the first part of the book She still makes very interesting arguments, but due to some bad editing or writing, ends up repeat [...]

    18. Megan on said:

      She is a courageous woman but this book, I m sorry to say, is disappointing, disjointed and ranting.

    19. Chris on said:

      Blast you Marty Moss Coane I was going to buy this book when it came out in paperback, mostly because I enjoyed Infidel Then who does Marty Moss Coane have on Radio Times Yes, Ayaan Hirsi Ali As usual for Moss Coane, it was an excellent interview and made it impossible for me to wait for the book to come out in paperback As an aside, Radio Times is one of the reasons why NPR should be supported Excellent, unbiased interviews Hurtful to your wallet though.This book is not a sequel or follow up to [...]

    20. Kevin McAllister on said:

      This book was a real eye opener for me As a left wing liberal I was totally opposed to Bush s invasion of Iraq And I m still opposed to the reason U.S troops were sent in Lets face it the U.S didn t invade Iraq to spread democracy, we went in for the oil But what I learned from reading Nomad is that perhaps offensive actions against Islam do need to be taken Liberals believe in acceptance of foreign cultures That it s wrong to force our beliefs and ideas on cultures universally But what if the b [...]

    21. Lady Jane on said:

      In Nomad, Ayaan Hirsi Ali s sequel to Infidel, Ms Ali takes a different tactic She uses her story of being a nomad, and that of relatives who remained ensconced in Islamic culture, as a vehicle and springboard to share her political views on Islam and Islam s impact on culture both of predominantly Islamic and Western democratic societies Ms Ali communicates bold insights, conclusions and remedies to the conflict between Islam and Western democratic societies, providing a clarion call to America [...]

    22. Adella on said:

      Mixed feeling about the book Very glad I read it But prefer Infidel Nomad attempts to explain how to deal with fundamentalist jihadist Islam, and while I think Ayaan makes some good points based on her personal experience, I am bothered by her political ideas about how to combat breeding grounds for Islamic fundamentalists For instance, one solution she describes is to get the Church involved Really Combat religion with religion Yet she makes no reference to the rise of political power in the Mi [...]

    23. Elizabeth on said:

      I very much enjoyed reading her story I thought it was heartfelt, honest, and very informative This book is based soley on her experiences, thoughts, and opinions and the reader should remember that throughout.

    24. Verna Seal on said:

      One of the most amazing books I ve ever read And I quote Free speech is the bedrock of liberty and a free society And yes, it includes the right to blaspheme and to offend.

    25. Diana on said:

      , Infidel, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

    26. Catherine on said:

      Pretty much like with her first book, Infidel, I picked up this one and wasn t able to put it down.I admire Ayaan Hirsi Ali s courage She left behind the only world she knew to escape arranged marriage and she built a new life in a completely different society than the one she was taught to live in as a child and teenager The fact that she has experience of living in both types of society and she moved through several countries as a child makes her story and her observations extremely valuable, [...]

    27. ♥ Marlene♥ on said:

      First of all I am going to point you to my friend Milan s review.To my surprise he touched all the subjects in the book that I wanted to.Milan s great reviewTo be honest this book was very hard for me to read Why Because she warned us so many years ago and it seems that the people have had it with all the immigration and the wrong ways of treating them It is affecting many people s daily life but the politicians do not listen and keep on muddle cuddling them to the expense of the people that liv [...]

    28. Robin on said:

      This book tells us why the West should be wary of Islam I found it interesting, but a bit scary that the Muslims can do real harm to the world The author grew up Muslim, then when she was being forced into marriage with a distant cousin, escaped to the Netherlands She tells us many of the differences between Western culture and the Moslem culture The author seems incredibly intelligent After she escaped, she learned 2 new languages Dutch and English She went to college and studied, among other t [...]

    29. Faith Spinks on said:

      I was expecting this to be a continued biography picking up from her move to the USA and where she left off in Infidel But Nomad is so much than that and it far exceeded my expectations She thinks beyond just her own life and compares her own experience to those of other members of her family, either as migrants to the west or remaining in Africa, and with other Muslim women Throughout the book Ayaan is highly critical of Islam and the threat she perceives that it could pose to western civiliza [...]

    30. David on said:

      I wanted to add to my review of this book now that I have a little time Ayaan s main purpose in writing this book was to enlist the help of the West in protecting Islamic women website theahafoundation She describes the practices she is concerned with denial of education for girls, genital mutilation, forced marriage, honor violence, and restrictions on girls freedom of movement Her personal experience with these abuses is disturbing Critics of her book argue that her experience is not typical, [...]

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