Nomad

Nomad

Book - 2010
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In her powerful new memoir, the #1 bestselling author of Infidel tells the stirring story of her search for a new life as she tries to reconcile her Islamic past with her passionate adherence to democracy and Western values. A unique blend of personal narrative and reportage, moving, engaging, wryly funny at times, Nomad gives us an inside view of her battle for equality in the face of considerable odds.

Ayaan captured the world's attention with Infidel , the eye-opening memoir of her childhood in Africa and Saudi Arabia, and her escape to Holland en route to a forced marriage in Canada. Nomad is the story of what happened after the Dutch director with whom she made a documentary about the domestic abuse of Muslim women was murdered by a radical Islamist and death threats forced her into hiding; of her bid to start a new life in America; of her renewed contact with her family on her father's death; and of her attempts to live by her adopted principles. With deep understanding, and through vivid anecdotes, and observations of people, cultures, and the political debacles that are engulfing the world, she takes us with her on an illuminating, unforgettable journey.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : A.A. Knopf Canada, c2010.
ISBN: 9780307398505
Branch Call Number: 305.42092 H669h
Characteristics: xxi, 277 p. ; 24 cm.

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Here, there is more family detail than her earlier book, "Infidel." Part III: "Sex, Money, and Violence," is particularly interesting, as is Part IV: "Remedies."

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shabanamir
May 09, 2017

It blows my mind to see professional haters financed by hatemongering organizations represented so well on the shelves of my public library. Tax dollars at work?
https://www.splcenter.org/20161025/journalists-manual-field-guide-anti-muslim-extremists#ali

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empbee
Dec 27, 2016

Good writing though at times repetitive. Thought provoking issues about parental resistance to change in a new environment; the conflict between generations, the importance of education for both young and older people, immigrants or not.

redban Sep 04, 2014

I enjoyed Ayaan's first book [Infidel] much more than this one. Her critique of fundamentalism is obviously legitimate and crucial. However, this book in particular is sparse on insight when supporting American intervention. America is not the ONLY country in the world that claims to be against Islamic fundamentalism, so I do not see why it is put on a pedestal so uncritically. How about America's support of Saudi Arabia, a source of so much extremism? How about America's military interventions in Iran, derailing their secular progress? (Let's not forget the other assassinations, support of dictators, funding of death squads, and overt occupations all over Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to combat nationalization which threaten America's corporate hegemony). Then there's financial imperialism (i.e. Wall Street), which through the use of debt and fraud is much more hidden than overt violence and terror. Both sides of America should be evaluated to get a complete picture of American foreign policy and its role in preventing extremism. The comment by John_M also brings up good points.

redban Sep 04, 2014

I enjoyed Ayaan's first book [Infidel] more than this one. Her critique of fundamentalism is obviously legitimate and crucial. However, this book in particular is sparse on insight when supporting America. America is not the only country in the world that claims to be against Islamic fundamentalism, so I do not see why it is put on a pedestal so uncritically. How about America's support of Saudi Arabia, a source of so much extremism? How about America's military interventions in Iran, derailing their secular progress? How about America's support of Israel? Both sides should be considered to get a complete picture of American foreign policy and its role in preventing fundamentalism.

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John_M
Mar 30, 2013

The issue of integrating Muslim immigrants into western society is important and Ayaan attacks this head on. However, I found that she dwelt far too much on the anecdotes of her own life. Anecdotes may point a researcher in the direction of a course of research, but never should be provided as evidence of the roots of the problem being studied, in this case the integration of Muslim immigrants. I found that she was not clear about the issues which stem from the tribal customs that immigrants come with and the Muslim beliefs that they have. Her idea of engaging the Roman Catholic Church in changing the beliefs of the immigrants seems like a non-starter to me. I feel that we need to educate immigrants in the laws of Western society and the mechanisms which are currently available change these laws, currently democratic dialog and agreement. Immigrants must accept the current laws and the mechanisms for change, in the event that they would like the laws changed, before settling in the Western countries. Perhaps this is just as idealistic as some of the suggestions that she had.

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Amille05
Jan 24, 2012

As always, amazing, amazing, amazing. What a genuinely remarkable person! a must read!

BPLNextBestAdults May 31, 2011

After a harrowing childhood lived according to a particularly strict interpretation of Muslim law, Somali-born Ali escaped to Europe rather than move to Canada to marry a man she'd never met. Arriving in Holland, she soon became an international celebrity for her willingness to publicly denounce the uglier sides of Islamic culture, particularly as it relates to the oppression of women and girls. Many personal stories are repeated from her earlier book, “Infidel”, but here the story of her immigration to the U.S. is included. "Nomad" is a portrait of a family torn apart by the clash of civilizations. Her indictment of Islam and the oppression of women is harsh but very revealing.
This was a heartfelt and thought-provoking book to listen to. The author's voice provided an authenticity that was very charming.

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judyshewchuk
Mar 25, 2011

This book, together with Infidel, are very important works for anyone interested in human rights, and especially the plight of women. Exceptionally well written by a brave and intelligent woman.

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ireader
Sep 13, 2010

Great insight into the difficulties faced by Muslim women.

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snowish
Dec 14, 2011

Muhammad says my husband can beat me and that I am worth half as much as a man. Is it I who is being disrespectful to Muhammad in criticizing his legacy, or is it he who is disrespectful to me?

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