yaan Hirsi Ali, a Muslim by birth, is a daring woman. She has dared to raise questions despite knowing that a Mussalman is prohibited from raising any question on Islam. But these questions are hardly new. They have all been raised before at different times. Yet Ayaan’s questions come from a novel experience not shared by many. She wrote the script for the film Submission
, for which Dutch director Theo Van Gogh died on Amsterdam’s roads. Before this, Salman Rushdie’s Japanese publisher was killed for committing the sin of publishing his books; even his Norwegian publisher was shot. But there’s a difference between Rushdie and Ayaan: Rushdie is a writer; he never declared jehad against Islam. Ayaan, on the other hand, dreams of abolishing all the misdeeds and terrorism that have arisen out of the faith.
Though born in sub-Saharan Africa, Ayaan’s seen, at very close quarters, the life of an immigrant Muslim community in a Western European nation. She entered politics while fighting the repression of women of her community and...