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Summary

What happened to Islamic reform? Why have al Qaeda and Boko Haram become the faces of contemporary Islam? Why has the Arab Spring devolved into a battle over sharia law? Continuing her personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard and American citizenship, the New York Times best-selling author of Infidel and Nomad crafts a powerful call for an Islamic reformation as the only way to end the current wave of global violence and repression of women.

Today, millions of Muslims are wrapped in a rigid orthodoxy whereby women are denied education, girls as young as nine can be forced into legal marriages, and men are told that their futures lie not in building better, more just societies but in jihad against the infidel. Hopes for a wave of liberalization after the Arab Spring have been replaced by new authoritarianism and efforts to impose sharia law. Twitter, YouTube, and other social media have become aggressive platforms to promote a harsh brand of Islamic fundamentalism, making the clash between secular and Islamic society one of the most important challenges of our time.

And yet, contrary to conventional wisdom in the West, Ayaan Hirsi Ali believes that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want wholesale change. Courageously engaging fundamentalists on their own turf - religion itself - she boldly calls for a Muslim reformation, identifying five key amendments to Islamic doctrine that must be made in order to break from seventh-century traditions and fully engage with the 21st century. Interweaving her personal journey, historical parallels, and powerful examples from contemporary Islamic societies and cultures, Heretic will forever change the debate over Islam and its future.

©2015 Ayaan Hirsi Ali (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Definitive

A voice of reason on a subject that is more frequently monopolized by extremists on both sides. The author succeeds where other commentators like Robert Spencer fall short.
The proposition of this book is nothing less than a workable (and inevitable) solution to the threat posed by the unreformed Islamic faith.

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Everybody needs to hear this

Stunningly relevant and eye-opening. This should be required reading for every politician, journalist, teacher, and thinking person the world over. Her bravery and ability to articulate and navigate very controversial and difficult concepts should be applauded and the world should heed her call.

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Those in power need to listen

This needs saying. Again and again until those in power listen and take heed instead of repeating the "religion of peace" mantra and hoping it goes away

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Everyone Must Read This

I loved listening to the author, herself, read her own book.
It is a simple and complex message at once.
She is like a school teacher, giving a lesson, repeating lest you missed something, returning again. It was memorable and important. For the good of us all, we need to read this and learn from it.

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Speaking truth to power and God.

Truly excellent, timely book .Last week another Islamist terrorist attacked my city, London. We need to act with the knowledge and insight of Ayaan.

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I loved it

Great Ayaan Arsi Ali once again criricises Islam and names the problem. Athough I would rather Ayaan did that from an Atheist's perspective, it is still a great book that provides insight into what is happening to our world in the West and beyond.

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A masterpiece of informative literature.

What did you like most about Heretic?

I thought I had an open mind on Islam before listening to this book, but I was soon overwhelmed by my own misinterpretations. Ayaan Hirsi Ali offers a whole new take on political correctness and how western liberals are involuntarily failing the muslim world by undermining the essential link between violence and the Holy texts of the Quran. My heart goes out to Muslim dissidents like Ayaan Hirsi Ali who put their life on the line to help others under religious oppression. A must read for anyone who welcomes having their mind split open.

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A very important person.

Ayaan is an incredibly heroic, intelligent and important person, and the clarity of her message in this book will help you understand why.

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Highly Recommended - Insightful and honest

Would you listen to Heretic again? Why?

Yes - there is a lot to unpick here an many lessons to be learned

What other book might you compare Heretic to, and why?

the end of faith - well worth reading as a companion piece to Sam Harris's work

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not a "scene", but the detailed backstory of the authors past were emotional and illuminating

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No- time is best taken to step back and reflect

Any additional comments?

an excellent and highly recommended read / listen.

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Incredible read.

This women is amazing. Her words could not be more relevant in this period of time.

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