Ayaan Hirsi Ali (born Ayaan Hirsi Magan, Mogadishu, Somalia, November 13, 1969) is a Somali-Dutch-American activist, writer, and former Dutch politician. She is a feminist and an atheist, and is one of the most severe criticisms of female genital mutilation.
In 2003 she ran for the Dutch Parliament, as a candidate for the Popular Party for Freedom and Democracy (Liberal-Conservative). A political crisis related to the validity of his Dutch citizenship led to his resignation from parliament, and indirectly to the fall of Balkenende's second cabinet in 2006.
He has been critical of Islam, and of the most famous and radical, and has insisted that this religion urgently needs a thorough reform. In 2004 he collaborated in making a short film together with Theo van Gogh, entitled Submission. This movie is about the oppression of women under Islam. The film caused controversy and both filmmakers were threatened with death. Van Gogh was effectively assassinated that same year by Mohammed Bouyeri, the son of Moroccan immigrants. In a 2007 interview he stated, "We are at war with Islam. And in wars there can be no half measures." "And it is against Islam as a whole. Once it has been defeated, it can become more peaceful than it is now. But right now it is very problematic to talk about peace. They are not interested in peace ... There comes a time when you crush your enemy. " According to her, the problem does not only lie with a small minority of exalted within Islam, but, on the contrary, the problem is posed by Islam itself. He strictly denied that the majority of Muslims were "moderate" and affirmed that Muslims must radically transform their religion. But in his latest book Heretic (2015) he moderated his views on Islam and now calls for a reform of the religion by supporting reformist Muslims.
In 2005, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has also received several awards, including the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten Prize for Freedom of Expression, the Swedish Liberal Party Award, and the Moral Courage Award for his commitment to conflict resolution, ethics and global citizenship. . Hirsi Ali has published two autobiographies: one in 2006 and the other in 2010.
He emigrated to the United States, where he entered the American Enterprise Institute. She founded the women's rights organization AHA Foundation. She became a naturalized US citizen in 2013, and that same year she became a member of the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government School of Government and the Center's The Future of Diplomacy Project. Belfer. She is married to Scottish historian and public commentator Niall Ferguson.