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Hirsi Ali is more a hero among Islamophobes than Islamic women. That’s problematic considering she describes herself in “Infidel” as a woman who “fights for the rights of Muslim women, the enlightenment of Islam and the security of the West.” How can you change the lives of your former sisters, and work toward reform, when you’ve forged a career upon renouncing the religion and insulting its followers? Hirsi Ali says overhauling Islam is not her responsibility: she just lays out “the facts” and leaves it to others to go about fixing this supposedly broken faith. But her facts are often subjective: at one point she characterizes “every devout Muslim who aspires to practice genuine Islam” as a follower of the Muslim Brotherhood. That may have been true in Hirsi Ali’s experience, but it hardly speaks for the globe’s 1.3 billion other followers. It’s ironic that this would-be “infidel” often sounds as single-minded and reactionary as the zealots she’s worked so hard to oppose.

 

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