Two Reviews of "The Caged Virgin"
You now may be seated. I invite you to read two reviews of Ali’s latest book The Caged Virgin. First up: Fareena Alam, editor of Q-News Magazine. Her review appears in The New Statesman. Fareena begins like this:
"It's obviously what I've been waiting for all my life: a secular crusader - armed with Enlightenment philosophy, the stamp of the liberal establishment and the promise of sexual freedom - swooping into my harem and liberating me from my "ignorant", "uncritical", "dishonest" and "oppressed" Muslim existence. At least that is what Ayaan Hirsi Ali thinks I've been waiting for. Her latest book, The Caged Virgin, is a collection of essays intended to unveil the sexual terrorism she says is inherent in Islam. In reality, it is a smash-and-grab aggregation of inconsistencies, platitudes and poor scholarship."Read the rest here.
Read also Laila Lalami (of Moorishgirl.com). Her review appeared in The Nation.