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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Line Between Academic Freedom and Hate Speech

Erol Yayboke | Posted 04.15.2014 | 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 04.14.2014 | 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 04.14.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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 04.10.2014 | 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Brandeis University, a Jewish-sponsored university and my alma mater, has withdrawn its offer to give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.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 04.09.2014 | 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...

Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.14.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

The ongoing debate between of what constitutes an artistic expression of free speech versus religious protection had recently been witnessed not in the public eye, but instead under the radar on social media. And the stirred-up controversy had been with none other than America's beloved pop music star Katy Perry.

The Regrets Of The Dying

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who works many years in palliative care, has compiled a list of the top five regrets dying patients would express to her. What would you regret? This and more in the latest headlines in religion and death.

Help Women Learn to Read: Vote for Cell Ed

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

Our failure as global citizens to assure every member has access to education and a human right to learn is something I think can be corrected.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Anger in the Muslim World Over Video: Don't Apologize

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Nathan Gardels

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author of Infidel, was forced into hiding in Holland after making a film on Islam and women called Submission with Theo van Gogh. Hirsi Ali now lives in the U.S. I interviewed her for my last Global Viewpoint Network column.

A Global War On Christians In The Muslim World?

John L. Esposito | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
John L. Esposito

In the 21st century, Muslims are strongly challenged to move beyond older notions of "tolerance" or "co-existence" to a higher level of religious pluralism based on mutual understanding and respect.

Not All Islam Is Radical Islam

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 04.17.2012 | Home
Noah Fitzgerel

Equating radical Islam with popular Islam is simply ignorant.

How the Arab Spring Sprung From a Nonviolent Source

Michael Shank | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Michael Shank

The propensity in the U.S. to conflate Islam with violence precludes the possibility of nonviolent Muslim protest motivated by an internal incentive, be it secular or religious. However, the concept of nonviolence is not foreign or new to Muslims.

Women in the World: Stories and Solutions Summit 2011

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

Women In the World: Stories and Solutions continues to lead and lay the groundwork for amplifying concerns that have too long remained out of view.

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

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Secular democrats' next challenge is the Muslim Brotherhood. They must waste no time in persuading the Egyptian electorate why a Sharia-based government would be bad for them.

What Do Pastor Jones and His Critics Have in Common? Deep Fear of Muslims

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

About a month ago, before there was any conversation in the American news media about the insignificant Florida pastor, Terry Jones, and his plan to b...

Are We Moving Toward a Clan Society?

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

The "culture wars" touted by O'Reilly, Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter, and others on the right seem eerily similar to what Ayaan Hirsi Ali describes as the clan culture of her native Somalia.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali On Colbert: Why Judging Other Religions Isn't So Bad (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was on "The Colbert Report" last night to talk about her new book, "Nomad," about her journey from the Islamic world to America. ("Wel...

The Good Faith of an Infidel: Examining Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Nomad

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nathan Gardels

Nomad makes evident that Hirsi Ali arrived at her beliefs not by retreating into orthodoxy out of fear of uncertainty or through the nihilism of indifference, but because experience has led her to them.

Women's Rights: All We Take for Granted

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

When Hollywood finally learns how to make good romance movies, we might just finally free women around the world, and create the kind of world where peace is a possibility.

The Refugee Who Rocked Islam: an Exclusive Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Johann Hari

Here she is, with the last sliver of protection she can afford standing between her and the people determined to murder her, still speaking, still fighting.