Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Interview: Ayaan Hirsi Ali on reforming Islam

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, 45, born and raised a Muslim in Somalia, sought asylum in the Netherlands as a young woman wishing to escape an arranged marriage. There she went from cleaning factory floors to a seat in the Dutch parliament. By the time she moved to the U.S. in 2006, Hirsi Ali was already one of the world’s most celebrated and reviled critics of Islam. She described her journeys from Africa to America, and from faith to atheism, in two memoirs, Nomad and Infidel. She has now released her third book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.

  • Petr

    Islam is undergoing a reformation in this very moment. That reformation is called the Islamic State. No other reformation is possible, the penalty for that is death. A reformations means going to the sources to Mohammed, the more you go the those the more the result looks like the Islamic state.
    Reforming islam is like reforming cancer, if you remove the danger it stopps being cancer.

  • Scaramouche

    I’m puzzled as to why Hirsi Ali is suddenly pushing this “reformation” shtick. Up till now she has said that Islam cannot be reformed and that Muslims who felt the need to be religious should take up Christianity, which does not have jihad as a central tenet. Why has she changed her mind? It can’t only be to sell books, can it?

    • I can’t say. But it seems to be a tack taken by others such as Daniel Pipes.

  • Seneca III

    It cannot be reformed. It can only be neutralised by being curetted, ejected from the West in its totality and monitored such that every time it so much as blinks it feels the draconian wrath of free men and women until it slithers back into its evolutionary cul-de-sac and eventually inbreeds itself into extinction.
    Other than that there really is only one other solution, and what a terrible thing that would be.