Ayaan Hirsi Ali arrived in the Netherlands as a refugee from East Africa, but she was also fleeing an arranged marriage and a religion she describes as tantamount to slavery. Once in the Netherlands, she became an outspoken critic of Islam, won election to the Dutch parliament and collaborated with filmmaker Theo van Gogh on his controversial film, Submission, which was critical of the treatment of women in Islam. In 2004, Van Gogh was stabbed to death in the street, and Hirsi Ali has been forced to live under the protection of bodyguards ever since. She joins David with her new book Nomad, with a call to reclaim Islam from within.
*Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be speaking and signing books at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica next Monday May 24 at 8pm. Tickets are still available.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of The Caged Virgin, Infidel, and most recently Nomad. She is also the founder of the AHA Foundation