Deborah Scroggins

Wanted Women: Faith, Lies, and the War on Terror: The Lives of Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Aafia Siddiqui
Mar 08, 2012  -  West-Indisch Huis, Herenmarkt 99, Amsterdam

DSThe Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is lauded in America as a champion of the cause of women within Islam. But the Dutch know her differently. As a member of the Dutch parliament and collaborator of polarizing filmmaker Theo van Gogh, she stirred sharp feelings here. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist and Muslim terrorist now in U.S. prison, is less well-known in either country. But in this provocative new book, Deborah Scroggins gives parallel biographies of these two women who brought their Muslim backgrounds into the West in very different ways. The result, as The Economist said, is a “gripping and finely textured double biography.”

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Deborah Scroggins’ website

Moderator: Petra Stienen

In collaboration with: Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers, Holland-America Friendship Foundation, American Embassy The Hague, AEGON