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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Renowned Political Leader; National Security Expert; Human Rights Advocate and Islam Reformist; Author of the International Bestseller, Infidel

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim, has gained an international following for speaking and writing about what she believes to be the inherently violent nature of Islam and its subjugation and abuse of women.

Named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” of 2005, one of the Glamour Heroes of 2005 and Reader’s Digest‘s European of the Year for 2005, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a true and sincere advocate to the fight against violence to women and young girls.

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and founder of the AHA Foundation. She served as a Member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006. While in Parliament, she focused on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society, and on defending the rights of Muslim women.

She has written several books including Infidel (2007), Nomad: from Islam to America, a Personal Journey through the Clash of Civilizations (2010), Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (2015), The Challenge of Dawa (2017), and Prey (2021).

Prior to joining the Hoover Institution, she was a Fellow at the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard University and a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

She received her Master’s degree in Political Science from Leiden University in the Netherlands.


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  • "An international human rights icon!"

  • "Ayaan is such a compelling speaker, with mixtures of humor, insight, wisdom, and passion about profoundly important issues today. The audience was utterly captivated by her presentation and her presence."