Is Islam Compatible with Liberal Democracy?

An outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies, Ayaan Hirsi Ali escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992 and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. In parliament, she worked on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch American Culture and on defending the rights of women in Dutch Muslim American Culture. In 2004, together with director Theo van Gogh, she made Submission, a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures. The airing of the film on Dutch television resulted in the assassination of van Gogh by an Islamic extremist. She spent the year following in hiding. Ayaan Hirsi Ali speaks candidly about her captivating, startling, and at times frightening best-selling autobiography, Infidel, and about these events in her life.

Speakers: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Festival: 2007

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