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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

An Open Letter to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Public Dialogue and Debate

Qasim Rashid | Posted 03.27.2015 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

So yes, let us confront and debate the path to reformation. As the Qur'an teaches, "Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best."

Muslim Women React To Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Stance On Islam

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.26.2015 | Religion

Activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been extremely vocal in her critique of Islam. In her new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now, she details h...

Activist Says America's 'Corrupt,' 'Fat' Image Hurts Spread Of Democracy

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 03.25.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Ayaan Hirsi Ali credits America's floundering efforts in the Middle East to the country's poor reputation overseas. "It's like, 'Americans are deca...

Read An Excerpt Of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Latest Book

The Huffington Post | Farah Mohamed | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

In her latest book, Somali-born author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, known for her controversial views on Islam, argues that the religion is not a pea...

Excerpt: Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 05.24.2015 | World
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

In these pages, it is my intention to make many people -- not only Muslims but also Western apologists for Islam -- uncomfortable. I am not going to do this by drawing cartoons. Rather, I intend to challenge centuries of religious orthodoxy with ideas and arguments that I am certain will be denounced as heretical. My argument is for nothing less than a Muslim Reformation.

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

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Multiculturalism should not mean that we tolerate another culture's intolerance. If we do in fact support diversity, women's rights, and gay rights, then we cannot in good conscience give Islam a free pass on that spurious ground.

Hirsi Ali, Why Do You Declare War on Me?

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Why would you be at war with me? I spend my time doing community service, preach peace and love, condemn violence in all its forms and drive across the country on my few free weekends to promote intra-faith and interfaith harmony.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Addresses Yale

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born atheist known for her harsh criticism of Islam, addressed a crowd of 300 at Yale University Monday night, in spite of t...

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism From Fellow Atheists At Yale

Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University wh...

A Tale of Boko Haram, Political Correctness, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As the situation confronting kidnapped women in Nigeria continues to deteriorate, the need for international solidarity has never been greater. The 276 teenage women, who were kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamist group Boko Haram, have been held captive for more than a month.

New Report: The Push Against Campus Speakers Is Getting More Intense

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The term "disinvitation season" has been something of a dark joke for years, but as every year passed, it got less funny. The intensity of demands that speakers be disinvited seemed to swell over time, and increasingly, we saw speakers bow out in the face of protest.

Boko Haram and Bill Maher Are Both Wrong

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

As smart and witty as Bill Maher is, he has a blind spot about religion in general and Islam in particular.

Commencement Speakers, Academic Freedom and the Pursuit of Excellence

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Intellectual growth necessitates becoming exposed to differing ideas and world views -- even if they threaten our core values and beliefs. To do less is to relinquish academic freedom in favor of social conformity.

What Our Condoleezza Rice Commencement Protests Were Really All About

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh | Posted 07.15.2014 | College
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

These protests are not about the individual speakers themselves. And they're most certainly not just about commencement speeches. This is our generation of young people sending a clear and strong message that racism, bigotry, civil and human rights violations receive no honor from us.

Hirsi Ali: Telling a Critic From an Islamophobe

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

There is a difference between critiquing Islam and spreading irrational fear of Muslims. There is a difference between intellectually commenting on a religion and inciting hatred of its adherents.

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.

A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

To be sure, leftists don't want to encourage the political right which has its own opportunistic and underhanded agenda in the Middle East. Yet, by sweeping controversy under the rug and not engaging in key debates, the left opens itself up for attack.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Neither a Critic of Islam, Nor a Champion of Women's Rights

Nathan Lean | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Nathan Lean

It is fine to be a critic of Islam or any religion. But Hirsi Ali crosses a line. Suggesting that her views are simply unfavorable normalizes extremism.

The Line Between Academic Freedom and Hate Speech

Erol Yayboke | Posted 06.15.2014 | Impact
Erol Yayboke

Differing opinions and the academic freedom to discuss them constitute the backbone of any university. But if anyone should know about the impact hate has on people, it is Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Who's Afraid of Ayaan Hirsi Ali? Cultural Imperialism and Islamophobia

Cathy Reisenwitz | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Cathy Reisenwitz

We must beware of cultural imperialism and making enemies out of Muslims, that tension is not best dealt with by silencing Islam's critics. The way to rebut Ali's claims that Islam is fundamentally misogynist is to bring in Muslims who agitate for female equality.

Three Points You Must Not Overlook in Discussing the Brandeis/Hirsi Ali Controversy

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The fact that Louis Brandeis' namesake college is being used by students at other campuses to rationalize the exclusion of speakers on the basis of their beliefs is dizzyingly ironic, and terribly sad.

Milking the Marathon: Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Brandeis Speech

Setareh Sabety | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Setareh Sabety

As a woman who fled Iran because she did not want to be forced into the hijab or banned from travel by her husband, I understand Ayaan Hirsi Ali on a deep and visceral level -- until I read her op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.

Brandeis Gets It Right on Islam

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Brandeis University, a Jewish-sponsored university and my alma mater, has withdrawn its offer to give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In this case, Brandeis got it right.

Jason Linkins

Brandeis University's Decision To Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Appearance Has Done Liberals No Favors

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Yesterday, it suddenly became very important to focus our attention on the upcoming commencement ceremony at Brandeis University -- which is ordinaril...

University Decides Against Honoring Critic Who Called For Islam To Be 'Defeated'

AP | PAIGE SUTHERLAND | Posted 06.08.2014 | College

BOSTON (AP) — Brandeis University has transformed an accolade into "a moment of shaming" by withdrawing a plan to give an honorary degree to a Musli...