The Caged Virgin

The Caged Virgin

An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam

Book - 2006
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Muslims who explore sources of morality other than Islam are threatened with death, and Muslim women who escape the virgins' cage are branded whores. So asserts Ayaan Hirsi Ali's profound meditation on Islam and the role of women, the rights of the individual, the roots of fanaticism, and Western policies toward Islamic countries and immigrant communities. Hard-hitting, outspoken, and controversial,The Caged Virginis a call to arms for the emancipation of women from a brutal religious and cultural oppression and from an outdated cult of virginity. It is a defiant call for clear thinking and for an Islamic Enlightenment. But it is also the courageous story of how Hirsi Ali herself fought back against everyone who tried to force her to submit to a traditional Muslim woman's life and how she became a voice of reform.Born in Somalia and raised Muslim, but outraged by her religion's hostility toward women, Hirsi Ali escaped an arranged marriage to a distant relative and fled to the Netherlands. There, she learned Dutch, worked as an interpreter in abortion clinics and shelters for battered women, earned a college degree, and started a career in politics as a Dutch parliamentarian. In November 2004, the violent murder on an Amsterdam street of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, with whom Hirsi Ali had written a film about women and Islam calledSubmission, changed her life. Threatened by the same group that slew van Gogh, Hirsi Ali now has round-the-clock protection, but has not allowed these circumstances to compromise her fierce criticism of the treatment of Muslim women, of Islamic governments' attempts to silence any questioning of their traditions, and of Western governments' blind tolerance of practices such as genital mutilation and forced marriages of female minors occurring in their countries.Hirsi Ali relates her experiences as a Muslim woman so that oppressed Muslim women can take heart and seek their own liberation. Drawing on her love of reason and the Enlightenment philosophers on whose principles democracy was founded, she presents her firsthand knowledge of the Islamic worldview and advises Westerners how best to address the great divide that currently exists between the West and Islamic nations and between Muslim immigrants and their adopted countries.An international bestseller -- with updated information for American readers and two new essays added for this edition --The Caged Virginis a compelling, courageous, eye-opening work.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2006
ISBN: 9780743288330
0743288335
Branch Call Number: 297.082 HIR
Characteristics: xviii, 187 p. ; 23 cm

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shabanamir
Sep 22, 2017

I love (not) how all of the anti-Islamic writers get 5 stars from all the anti-Islamic readers.

This is her first book, and is an anthology of articles, rather than a totally coherent whole, like her later books. Still worth reading, as these articles are written with the white-hot passion of someone who has been awoken from a nightmare, and realizes that she can actually refuse to voluntarily relive the nightmare in her daily life as an oppressed, submissive, female Muslim. "Infidel" is probably her best book (be sure to read the hard-back version, complete with photographs). BUT EVERY ONE OF HER BOOKS IS WORTH READING AND RE-READING.

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maggiemjm
Jun 18, 2015

Another great read about the brutal treatment of women under the guise of religion. And another incredible survivor of ancient religious traditions that bear no value on life today. A must read!

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walkermom
Aug 10, 2012

Interesting read - but will likely anger strongly religious Muslims. This book made me rethink about the position of women in Islam.

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GerryAdams
Dec 28, 2010

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TJ_77
Nov 25, 2010

Very interesting, very well written! A very down to earth and clear explanation of many of the problems that plague today's Islam.... Although I am far from an expert, after reading this book I feel I have a better grasp on the issue(s).

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hey44
Jan 20, 2016

[W]e Muslims have refused to acknowledge that a once peaceful, powerful, and robust religion carried within it elements of fanaticism and violence. We wanted, and still want, a Muslim solution for everything. We have always left the course of our lives, the organization of our society, our economic policy, the education of our children, and the relationship between men and women in the hands of God. "Insh'allah (if God [Allah] wills it) is the most common expression among Muslims.

We Muslims have completely lost sight of the balance between religion and reason. Poverty, violence, political instability, economic malaise, and human suffering are the result....[W]e are unwilling and unable to believe that Allah no longer has the answers to all our questions...

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hey44
Jan 20, 2016

If nothing is wrong with Islam, why then are so many Muslims on the run? Of the top ten countries from which people have emigrated to the Netherlands, nine are primarily Muslim. Why do we Muslims move to the West, while at the same time condemning it? What does the West have that we don't? Why is the position of women in Muslim countries so abominable? If we Muslims are so tolerant and peaceful, why is there so much ethnic, religious, political, and cultural strife and violence in Muslim countries? Why can;t or won't we acknowledge the seriousness of the situation in which we find ourselves? Why are we Muslims so full of feelings of anger and uneasiness, and why do we carry so much hostility and hate within us both toward ourselves and toward others? Why are we incapable of criticizing ourselves from within? p 11

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hey44
Jan 20, 2016

[W]ithout the emancipation of Muslim women, the social disadvantageous position of Muslims will persist in Western countries as well as the entire world. I see a direct link between the poor situation of Muslim women, on the one hand, and the lagging behind of Muslims in education and the job market, their high rate of juvenile delinquency, and their heavy reliance on social services on the other In reality, the upbringing of Muslim girls denies them personal independence and their own sense of responsibility, values that are essential for getting ahead in a Western country.

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hey44
Jan 19, 2016

I am amazed that Muslims are not more offended by the invocation of Allah and "God is great" for murder than by cartoons. Why do Muslims not fly into flights of rage when people who go to help Iraqis are kidnapped, tortured, and beheaded in the name of Islam? Political cartoons that point up problems with an extremist religion are used to manipulate people into violence instead of reflection and debate. Freedom of expression for Muslims is a one-way street. Muslims can criticize the west, but the west cannot criticize the practices of Islam. (p xv)

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hey44
Jan 19, 2016

While you may have heard of the death threats that were made against me..., you may not know that when I initially spoke on the immoral practices of the Prophet Mohammad, more than one hundred fifty complaints were made against me to the police and the government. Four ambassadors visited my party leaders - ambassadors from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Pakistan, Malaysia. They carried a letter attached to which was a list of twenty-one countries belonging to the Islamic Conference - including Turkey - that supported the letter. The main complaint in their letter was that I had insulted the Prophet and had deeply hurt the feelings of more than 1 billion Muslims. Death threats followed against me and also against the leader of my party when he refused to take seriously this complaint and evict me from Parliament. (p xiv)

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hey44
Jan 19, 2016

Later on I stayed in a refugee camp on the border between Somalia and Kenya. I saw how women who had been raped during the war were abandoned. And I asked myself, If God exists, why does He allow this? It was forbidden to think such thoughts, let alone speak them, but my belief was crumbling. Nonetheless I continued to call myself a Muslim.

September 11 was a decisive turning point, but it was not until six months later, after I had read "The Atheist Manifesto" by Herman Philipse, that I dared to admit to others that I no longer believed.......I thought a manifesto was a declaration of the devil. I could feel an inner resistance. But recently I felt ready. The time had come. I saw that God was an invention and that subjection to His will meant nothing more than subjecting yourself to the willpower of the strongest.

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Aug 10, 2012

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