She grew up trying to be a good Muslim. She prayed and observed the dress codes and other requirements of strict Islam until she fled to Holland and got exposed to Western ideas and earned a college degree in political science. Then she became and advocate for the rights of Muslim women and was elected to the Dutch Parliament.
Her life has been threatened and she has had to have bodyguards ever since she denounced the barbaric practices of Islam.
She claims to be the dummy of her family compared to her older brother and her younger sister. It is fascinating to me that a woman who started life in a stone-age culture in an oppressive family could rise to the top intellectual levels of advanced Western societies and write such an insightful and eloquent autobiography.
The book presents a far less rosy picture of Somali culture than Michael van Notten did in his book on the law of the Somalis.
Year Read: 2011
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