The 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
uslim 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.”
Click below to listen to Deboral Scroggins to read an excerpt of the book.
Moderator: Petra Stienen
In collaboration with: Nieuw Amsterdam Publishers, Holland-America Friendship Foundation, American Embassy The Hague, AEGON