AYAAN HIRSI ALI was born in Somalia and raised a devout Muslim.
In 1992 Ayaan was married off by her father in a ceremony which she refused to attend. In order to escape this marriage, she fled to the Netherlands where she won asylum, and eventually citizenship. After earning a degree in political science she served as an elected member of the Dutch parliament for three years. She has since become an active critic of Islam, an advocate for women’s rights and a leader in the campaign to reform Islam. Her willingness to speak out and her abandonment of the Muslim faith have made her a target for violence and threat of death by Islamic extremists.
Why They Want to Kill Her
Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a native of Somalia who emigrated to The Netherlands in the early 1990s, is no stranger to controversy among her fellow Muslims. Living in the West, she felt free to publicly criticize Islam’s treatment of women. (Hirsi Ali wrote the script for the movie Submission that Theo Van Gogh was killed over)
War on Terror? Or War on Islam?
Somali-born author, feminist and former Dutch Parliament Member Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that America’s “War on Terror” should more accurately be called a “War on Islam.”
Hirsi Ali seeks police protection in US
She’s seeking it from the Dutch government. But if the American government had any sense of what it is really up against in this conflict against jihadists worldwide, and who the real warriors are against those jihadists, Hirsi Ali would get protection from the U.S.
“Netherlands: Former MP Hirsi Ali seeks police protection in US,” from AKI, July 29, 2008:
Amsterdam, 29 July (AKI) – A court in The Hague has approved a request by Somali-born ex-MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali for witnesses to be heard in her claim for the Dutch state to pay for her security in the US, Dutch media reported on Tuesday.The Dutch government stopped paying for Hirsi Ali’s police protection after she moved to the US permanently last year.
An outspoken critic of Islam and advocate of women’s rights, Hirsi Ali had to live under police protection in the Netherlands after receiving death threats. She now works for a conservative US think-tank. […]
Hirsi Ali has also set up a fund to finance her security in the US. “She has raised a considerable sum but it is not enough to pay for everything,” Van Ginkel said.
Hirsi Ali wrote the screenplay for ‘Submission’, a controversial film criticising domestic violence towards Muslim women made by Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh.
A Dutch-Moroccan extremist Mohammed Bouyeri murdered Van Gogh in an Amsterdam street soon after the film was aired on Dutch television.
Hirsi Ali was given round-the-clock police protection after Bouyeri pinned a letter to Van Gogh’s chest containing explicit threats towards her.
She has just written a children’s book with Anna Gray, entitled ‘Adan and Eva’, about the impossible friendship between a Muslim boy and a Jewish girl.
Hirsi Ali’s co-author is writing under a pseudonym, as she fears the book could put her life in danger. It is being translated into English, Danish, Spanish and Italian.