By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Continuing her trip from a deeply non secular Islamic upbringing to a publish at Harvard, the intense, charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail #1 bestselling writer of Infidel and Nomad makes a robust plea for a Muslim Reformation because the merely method to finish the horrors of terrorism, sectarian conflict and the repression of girls and minorities.
Today, she argues, the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims will be divided right into a minority of extremists, a majority of observant yet peaceful Muslims and some dissidents who probability their lives via wondering their very own faith. yet there's just one Islam and, as Hirsi Ali exhibits, there's no denying that a few of its key teachings—not least the obligation to salary holy war—are incompatible with the values of a unfastened society.
For centuries it has appeared as though Islam is proof against switch. yet Hirsi Ali has come to think Muslim Reformation—a revision of Islamic doctrine geared toward reconciling the faith with modernity—is now handy, and should also have all started. The Arab Spring may perhaps now look like a political failure. yet its problem to conventional authority printed a brand new readiness—not least through Muslim women—to imagine freely and to talk out.
Courageously difficult the jihadists, she identifies 5 key amendments to Islamic doctrine that Muslims need to make to deliver their faith out of the 7th century and into the twenty-first. and she or he calls at the Western international to finish its appeasement of the Islamists. “Islam is not a faith of peace,” she writes. it's the Muslim reformers who desire our backing, now not the rivals of loose speech.
Interweaving her personal reviews, ancient analogies and robust examples from modern Muslim societies and cultures, Heretic is now not a choice to fingers, yet a passionate plea for peaceable switch and a brand new period of worldwide toleration. within the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders, with jihadists killing hundreds of thousands from Nigeria to Syria to Pakistan, this booklet bargains a solution to what's speedy turning into the world’s no 1 problem.