Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now

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  • Title: Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now
  • Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • ISBN: 9780062333933
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Muslim Reformation has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.

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    1. With a love of both journalism and academia, I have very strong respect for the institution of the dissemination of information to the public. As such, I take works that seek to contribute to public discourse fairly seriously. The more serious the topic and the more encompassing the point being posited, the more demanding I tend to be regarding the robustness of the argument being put forth. Ayaan Hirsi Ali puts forth very serious negative accusations regarding the faith of over a billion people [...]

    2. Best to start with "Infidel" as Ali's backstory is incredible, and solidifies her quest for reformation. The subject of Islam is one I thought I knew at least a little about. Now I feel I have the whole picture. I can't say enough good things about this book, and highly recommend! Full review to follow.

    3. This is another striking book by Ayaan Hirsi Ali that pulls no punches on the connection between terrorism and Islam. The book is logical and the author’s points are well thought out.She divides the Islamic people into three distinct categories:1) The Medina Muslims – These are the fundamentalists who want sharia, jihad They believe in a strict interpretation of the Quran. This is the group that produces terrorists. She estimates that there may be 48 million of these. Most, I would assume ar [...]

    4. Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now is the first book I have read by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I did a little background research and I believe this brave woman is an important voice in world affairs. The tone of the book is calm and factual, yet urgent and unflinching in the face of unpleasant truth. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 13 who lives on Planet Earth in the 21st century.Heretic is an appeal for a sane realistic response to the rising tide of violent jihad that is current [...]

    5. A review of Heretic is unavoidably political. Readers who think Ali should not be allowed to speak or write will not approve of this review. If so, stop reading here.Ayaan Hirsi Ali is courageous. She is a global thought leader, on par with Martin Luther, whom she cites, or Abraham Lincoln, or Martin Luther King. She advocates nothing less than the reformation (but note--peaceful reformation--not violent overthrow) of Islam in a thorough-going process of support for reformers, similar to the Wes [...]

    6. Wow! Talk about thought-provoking. I have to be honest. This book got me more than a little worried. It actually scared me. Most of it was stuff that I was already aware of, but given the urgency of the situation in the world today, it definitely got me concerned to say the least. This book should be mandatory reading. It does not tear down Islam. It’s actually a call for reformation. Her argument is incredibly insightful and supported by detailed evidence. Ayaan’s two previous books were ma [...]

    7. I thought this was excellent. Using a distinctly different tone to her earlier works and public appearances, Ali makes a point of being balanced and level, supporting her arguments with thorough research and evidence. 'Heretic' is articulate, rational and refreshing to read. Her aim is not to insult or disprove Islam; it is a call to ensure Islam's peaceful survival (through 5 distinct amendments to Islamic thought/theology).Many are bound to take issue with what it says and be offended. Honestl [...]

    8. In The End of Faith, Sam Harris looked at the 9/11 terrorists who said they wanted to achieve paradise by killing themselves in the name of Islam, and advanced the crazy idea that maybe we should seriously consider the idea that maybe they actually believed what they said, and killed themselves to get to paradise, with the 72 virgins and all the rest.In Heretic, Ayaan Hirsi Ali does something very similar. We in the west, and especially we liberal thinkers, human-rights advocates, and we who abh [...]

    9. I think this is the most important non-fiction book I've read in a long time, and it's especially relevant considering recent religion-inspired violence. I am a liberal but Ayaan Hirsi Ali makes a convincing argument about how liberalism and political correctness have made us reluctant to engage directly in an increasingly necesssary war of ideas. Much food for thought.

    10. Ayaan Hirsi Ali. What is the first thing that comes to mind upon hearing that name? Controversy? Criticism? Harsh criticism? If so, good.Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of the bravest and most courageous critics of Islam (and other system of beliefs!) out there. Her criticism is constructive and fair. "Heretic" proves that point perfectly. Ali explains what Islam needs so violence, war and terror will stop within(!) the Muslim community. And she delivers full-blown arguments like cherishing life BEFORE a [...]

    11. I love it when she hits the nail on the head from page 2 in the introduction by saying that it is absolutely foolish to insist, as our leaders habitually do, that violent acts of radical Islamists can be divorced from Islam, and that this ideology of terror is definitely embedded in Islam itself, in the Quran as well as the life and teachings of Mohammed contained in the hadith. Finally somebody can can say that without being accused of xenophobia or shut up for some reason or another! In Americ [...]

    12. I am a huge admirer of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, having been fascinated by her memoirs Infidel and Nomad. With Heretic, Hirsi Ali is less autobiographical, but for the first time, she is optimistic about the future of Islam and its adherents' relationship with the rest of the world.I believe a Muslim Reformation is coming. In fact, it may already be here. I think it is plausible that the Internet will be for the Islamic world in the twenty-first century what the printing press was for Christendom in the [...]

    13. Very interesting and highly relevant in light of recent events. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Islam and its connection to terrorism.

    14. My feelings towards this book changed several times as I was reading it, and I've waited several days to write a review, so as to let my thoughts on the book solidify. After a lot of reflection, I stand by my initial reaction. The few intelligent discussion points this book brings up were ultimately consumed and overshadowed by angry tirades and blatantly illogical arguments. I couldn't escape the feeling that this book was written with the specific intention of stirring the pot, making people a [...]

    15. I feel like I have a lot to say about this book, but it's hard to confine it to a short review. I will say I consider Ayaan Hirsi Ali one of the most inspirational people alive today, and don't see why her words are so controversial. Here in the West, there should not even be a hint of compromise when it comes to the universality of human rights, particularly women's rights in this context. If someone can defend even for an instant the idea that a woman should not be allowed to choose, for examp [...]

    16. I'm really hesitant to even put a review down for this book and that itself speaks volumes to the point Ayaan Hirsi Ali is trying to make. Some have criticized this book for being too anecdotal and Ali for not being an Islam scholar but that didn't bother me. Her anecdotes help illuminate wider issues and she never claims to be a scholar. Simply someone who has many problems with Islam and wants to be able to have an open dialogue about it.For those raised in the West and/or Christian, this seem [...]

    17. It is coincidence that as I was reading this book and as I write this review that among the many stories in the news there was a shooting in Texas due to cartoons showing Muhammad, six PEN authors have drawn out of Gala where Charlie Hebdo would receive an award, and NPR is doing a piece about an art show in California and whether or not Islamic art is a correct term to use. In many ways, Ali’s newest book is timely, not simply because of what is in the news but because it is a good companion [...]

    18. Whew. Such mixed-up feelings here. I was admittedly hesitant to read this book. My best friend in college was an Arabic major, and I recall her saying that she loathed Ayaan Hirsi Ali and that her books weren’t to be trusted. And so I stayed away—until this book. After the introduction, I was wondering, “Oh, boy, is this the Somalian Ann Coulter?” But having finished this book, I think Hirsi Ali deserves some credit. Specifically, I was impressed by her humility and her ability to say th [...]

    19. “On _____, a group of _____ heavily armed, black-clad men burst into a _____ in _____, opening fire and killing a total of ____ people. The attackers were filmed shouting ‘Allahu akbar!’”This is Ms. Ali’s first paragraph in her book and unfortunately the world does not have to wait many days to fill in the blanks again. I’ll admit to this book being one that “preaches to the choir” for me. Ms. Ali is one of the few people who intellectually advocates for the concept of reforming [...]

    20. What do we want ? An Islamic reformation ? Timely, well though out. Personal yet global in scope. Ayaan's best book yet . This topic is important for the entire world .

    21. Anyone who has any interest at all in world affairs should read Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. My thoughts regarding Islam have long been ambivalent. In the past, I was reluctant to criticize Islam because to criticize someone’s religion always seems to be wrong. Which is so ironic for me, an atheist. But I think Hirsi Ali got it right when she said that Americans are queasy about condemning religions because “we generally assume that ‘religion,’ no matte [...]

    22. I debated giving this book 5-stars, but I'm a pretty tough rater. While excellent, when I look back I’m sure it won’t come to mind as one of the best - i.e, one of the most thought-provoking, memorable and impressionable - books I’ve ever read. Nonetheless, it was a well-written and stimulating read. The author is a "lapsed" Muslim, and has written two previous books - Infidel and Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations. Since I didn't read eithe [...]

    23. Perhaps very one-sided, but does provide food for thought Considered highly controversial for her views on Islam and Muslims, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has written a book about why Islam must under go its own "Reformation." I was very eager to read this book, having read her first two and hearing similar ideas from other people. Unfortunately, her best work was probably her first one. The book (I felt) tended to come across as very one-sided, focusing on just about everything the author felt was bad or w [...]

    24. In her brand new book, Heretic, Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks about why Islam needs reformation and gives 5 main ideas on what needs to be changed. Originally intended to be a fictional book, the author changed her mind because she wanted her ideas to be taken seriously. She divides Muslim people into 3 groups: the Medina Muslims, most often called extremists, who wage war on non-believers; the Mecca Muslims, who are the majority of peaceful people and Muslim dissidents like herself. The idea she puts f [...]

    25. 2.5On one side of this book, there are people shouting about how Islamophobic Ayaan Ali is. On the other side, people are agreeing with this book and the generalizations Ali makes. And, I don't agree with either of them. The Islamophobia that Ali has is justified. She's frightened of the extremists, not at the general population of Muslims. Hell -- and, I'll be honest -- I'm absolutely terrified of the extremists as well. I'm scared if their version of Islam. However, I also don't agree with the [...]

    26. This book by the female Muslim author reaffirms the various facts associated with the mismatch and incompatibility that Islam has with the modern world. The atrocities on women (in the name of the religion), the patriarchal traditions that impede free thinking and the over-emphatic focus on their holy book, are the primary focus of this book. The author not only recounts her personal harrowing experiences in narrating what is wrong with Islam but also manages to segment Muslims based on the 'fun [...]

    27. I read Infidel and had my eyes opened at the inside view of a girl growing up in Islam in different parts of the world. I read Nomad and was riveted by Ayaan Hirsi Ali's personal journey and her struggle to navigate the modern world with tools of the old world. After reading these the cultural clash seemed insurmountable and just something else to rail against.Heretic offers hope and new insight.Islam isn't just a religion, as we in the West have been taught to think. It is an all-encompassing 7 [...]

    28. I'm abandoning this book. It's not because it's badly written (it is not badly written), and it's not even because she's EXHAUSTING in her intensity. It's not even because she quotes the current military ruler of Egypt as if he were a progressive just because he put down the Muslim Brotherhood.It's because I don't think she is being intellectually honest. I am not well informed about Islam and I am ready to believe she is correct in her thesis that the vast majority of Muslims, being moderate, n [...]

    29. Christianity and Judaism have come to the realization that some people are gonna blaspheme their religion. The have more or less gotten used to this since the reformation and the enlightenment. Christians and Jews have learned in practice most of the time that people are going to say things which offend there religious sensibilities and they will not wage a holy war. this book is not calling banning of muslims like some right wing politicians are calling for these days but it does say that musli [...]

    30. Hirsi Ali says in the introduction that she is writing to the so-called peaceful "Mecca Muslims", who make up the "clear majority" of Muslims, in order to convince them not to be violent. It seems she is forgetting that they're already peaceful for the most part, and so any argument she makes is simply going to fall flat. She also thinks for some reason that these Muslim moderates never speak out against the violence, which is demonstrably factually wrong.She argues against the understandings of [...]

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