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Skeptic Book Club, Feb. 11th, 5:00 p.m.

The Skeptic Book Club will be meeting Sunday, February 11th, at 5:00 p.m., at Barnes and Noble book store on Kingston Pike, near West Town.

The book this week is, "The Caged Virgin," by Ayaan Hersi Ali. Well-known feminist Ali was named as the next target of outraged Muslims in a letter pinned with a knife to the chest of slain Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, murdered in 2004.

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The Caged Virgin

From Wikipedia

The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam is a book by the Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken Somalia born critic of Islamism. In this book Hirsi Ali discusses her own struggle with Islam, intended as a model how other Muslim women may achieve their own emancipation. In advising women how to address the divide between Western and Islamic thought, she draws on her firsthand knowledge of the Islamic world and the philosophical tradition originating in the Enlightenment.

Hirsi Ali contends that in Islamic dominated regions Muslim women who seek solace and escape from Islam are typically threatened with death, and those Muslim women who do escape the "virgins' cage" are branded whores. The author discusses Islamic views on the role of women, the rights of individuals, the roots of Islamic fanaticism, and proposes Western policies toward Islamic countries and immigrant communities.

Posted by pking
Feb. 07, 2007