Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an activist, politician, feminist and writer. She is known to for fighting against all odds for the rights of Islamic women. After completing her graduation she joined the Netherland’s Labor Party as a researcher on immigration issues where she strongly criticized the Dutch laws towards immigrants. This helped her to shift to the liberal People’s Party where she was elected to the Dutch Parliament. During her term in the Parliament, she was known for her straightforward stance on the treatment of ladies in Islam. She further came into the limelight as an activist when she collaborated with the director ‘Theo Van Gogh’ to make the controversial documentary ‘Submission’ which described the abuse of Islamic women. This created a lot of controversy and eventually made her resign from the parliament. Thereafter, she moved to the U.S. There she published her debut novel ‘The Caged Virgin’ which aimed at the absence of intervention by western societies in Islamic countries to stop women abuse. She further wrote a couple of novels which justified her reputation as a feminist. Her contributions as an activist were honored by various awards including the ‘European Bellwether prize’. Here is a compilation of quotes and thoughts by Ayaan Hirsi Ali which have been excerpted from her writings, books, speeches, interviews and work. Go through these notable sayings and quotations by Ayaan Hirsi Ali on freedom, self-expression, human rights, infidel, Muslims, fear, veil and liberalism.
I lived in countries that had no democracy... so I don't find myself in the same luxury as you do. You grew up in freedom, and you can spit on freedom because you don't know what it is not to have freedom.