Ayaan Hirsi-Ali was born in Somalia in 1969 and is a Dutch feminist and political writer. Ali is the daughter of the prominent Somali politican and revolutionary opposition leader Hirsi Magan Isse. At the age of 8, Ali and her family left Somalia to move to Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Kenya, before Ali obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992. Ali is a vocal critic of Islam whose writings deal with what she sees as the subordination of women by the religion. Her work is controversial and Ali has received many death threats, leading her to live under guard. Ali's most famous books include a collection of essays called The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam and Infidel an autobiography published in 2006. Ali now lives in the Netherlands at a secret address.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The change we are talking about for the Muslim world is essentially a change where we hope that Muslim individuals will be emancipated from their own concept of a God, submission to the will of...
The only thing we can do in our lifetime—those of us who do want change—is to keep pushing for it.
God doesn’t answer back. That’s the problem. Humans can.
People engaged in social and political reform (and sometimes revolution) have to think through what the next step is. It's not enough to just say no to a bad guy.
The author and American Enterprise Institute Fellow answers the Big Question "Does the free market corrode moral character?"
Nuclear weapons and religious fanaticism is a dangerous combination, Ali says.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali answers the question, "Who are we?"
Ayaan Hirsi Ali says America should invest in African industries.
The U.S. has failed to identify its enemies clearly.
Our capacity for reason empowers us to overcome the bad side of our characters.