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Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali's new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, is published on March 24 by HarperCollins. She is a Fellow of the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Visiting Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute.

Entries by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Price of Modesty

(209) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 2:28 PM

Rokhshana was 19-years-old when a gang of men in Afghanistan stoned her to death this week. The men who stoned her were enforcing Islamic law, otherwise known as Sharia. According to the governor of the province, Ghor, she lived in a Taliban-controlled village. Rokhshana was forced to marry...

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Das Recht zur Beleidigung verteidigen

(13) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 10:45 AM

Es ist fast zehn Jahre her, dass eine dänische Zeitung Karikaturen des Propheten Mohammed veröffentlichte und damit eine Welle von muslimischen Protesten auf der ganzen Welt auslöste.

Ebenso wurde die Kluft in Europa sichtbar zwischen jenen, die an freie Meinungsäußerung glauben und jenen, die um des lieben Friedens Willen...

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Defending the Right to Offend

(320) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 10:21 PM

This article is based on Ayaan Hirsi Ali's speech in Berlin on April 19.

It is nearly 10 years since a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, unleashing a storm of protest by Muslims around the world, and exposing a rift in Europe between true believers...

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Excerpt: Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now

(40) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:33 PM

Excerpted from HERETIC: WHY ISLAM NEEDS A REFORMATION NOW by Ayaan Hirsi Ali by arrangement with Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, Copyright © 2015 by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Introduction: One Islam, Three Sets of Muslims

On ______, a group of ______ heavily armed, black-clad men burst into...

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From Selma to Tunis: When Will We March Against the Segregation of Our Own Time?

(443) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 7:56 AM

This year, with good reason, Americans have celebrated the moment 50 years ago when the struggle for civil rights for African-Americans reached a decisive moment: the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery. The movie Selma won an Oscar. President Obama went to Selma and gave one of his finest

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Das muss die Antwort auf die Kalaschnikows der Islamisten im Herzen von Paris sein

(10) Comments | Posted January 10, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Nach dem schrecklichen Massaker am Mittwoch in der Redaktion des französischen satirischen Wochenmagazins „Charlie Hebdo" wird der Westen vielleicht endlich seine Unmenge nutzloser Worte ablegen, die den Zusammenhang zwischen Gewalt und radikalem Islam zu leugnen versuchen.

Das war keine Attacke eines geistig umnachteten Schützen im Stil eines einsamen Wolfs....

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How to Respond to Islamist Kalashnikovs in the Heart of Paris

(71) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 7:46 PM

After the horrific massacre Wednesday at the French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, perhaps the West will finally put away its legion of useless tropes trying to deny the relationship between violence and radical Islam.

This was not an attack by a mentally deranged, lone-wolf gunman. This was not an...

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So Much for the Arab Spring

(364) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:39 AM

So much for the Arab Spring. In Cairo, Egyptian history appears to have completed a bloody full circle. First the crowds filled Tahrir Square to demand the end of a military-backed dictatorship. Then, just two years later, the crowds filled Tahrir Square again to demand the restoration of a military-backed...

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How to Honour the Victims of "Honour Killings"

(59) Comments | Posted January 31, 2012 | 11:04 AM

After deliberating for only 15 hours, the jury in the Canadian Shafia "honour killing" trial returned a verdict: all three defendants guilty of first-degree murder. For the premeditated murder of teenage daughters Zainab, Sahar, and Geeti, and first wife Rona, Mohammad, Tooba Yahya, and Hamed Shafia will now begin serving...

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Will Latest "Muhammad" Firebombing Cause More Self-Censorship?

(8) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 1:03 PM

The Paris offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo were firebombed Wednesday, the same day the magazine released an issue caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad on its cover. The new issue, which previewed online on Monday, names the Prophet as its "guest editor" in a mock tribute to...

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Honour Killings Go Beyond Mere Homicide

(145) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 4:37 PM

Horrific details of an alleged mass honour killing emerged in a crowded Ontario courtroom last week: Three young sisters and their polygamous father's first wife were murdered in the name of religious purity, according to the Crown prosecutor: A staged car accident, plotted and executed, allegedly by the...

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Get Ready to Compete With the Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt Could Chart a 'Third Way'

(297) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 2:35 PM

WASHINGTON -- In 1985 as a teenager in Kenya, I was an adamant member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Seventeen years later, in 2002, I took part in a political campaign to win votes for the conservative party in the Netherlands. Those two experiences gave me some insights that I think...

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The iPod and the Queen, the Kindle and the King

(169) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 6:15 PM

It was not an April Fools' joke. When President Barack Obama met with the Queen of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace, he gave her an iPod. Last week, I was half expecting the president to show up in the Middle East laden with Kindles.

He could have started with a...

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