Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Why Islam Needs a Reformation

“Islam’s borders are bloody,” wrote the late political scientist Samuel Huntington in 1996, “and so are its innards.” Nearly 20 years later, Huntington looks more right than ever before. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, at least 70% of all the fatalities in armed conflicts around the world last year were in wars involving Muslims. In 2013, there were nearly 12,000 terrorist attacks world-wide. The lion’s share were in Muslim-majority countries, and many of the others were carried out by Muslims. By far the most numerous victims of Muslim violence—including executions and lynchings not captured in these statistics—are Muslims themselves.

Not all of this violence is explicitly motivated by religion, but a great deal of it is. I believe that it is foolish to insist, as Western leaders habitually do, that the violent acts committed in the name of Islam can somehow be divorced from the religion itself. For more than a decade, my message has been simple: Islam is not a religion of peace.

  • Dana Garcia

    There’s a lot to like about Ayaan. However, she has very odd ideas about Muslim immigration — she like it, she wants lots more of it. She thinks that Islam immigration to the West will help assimilate Muslims to the belief in Enlightenment values.

    Good luck with that fantasy. Many come to conquer.


  • just a thought

    ISIS, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Muslim Brotherhood – THAT is the “reformation,” that is taking place. Blink all you want…
    ….and you still won’t make it go away.