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Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the role of women in the Arab spring

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Published on May 12, 2011

Ayaan Hirsi Ali (born in 1969) is Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington D.C. In this position she is currently researching on the relationship between the West and the Islam. Besides, Hirsi Ali is Founder of the AHA Foundation that aims to protect the rights of women in the western world against militant Islam and tribal custom.

As a daughter of a political opponent of the Somali dictatorship, she grew up in exile. After having received her Master of Arts in political science from the University of Leiden, Netherlands, she worked as a researcher for the Wiardi Beckman Foundation in Amsterdam. Hirsi Ali then served as an elected member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006, where she found her voice as an advocate for an enlightened Islam.

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