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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi AliAKA Ayaan Hirsi Magan

Born: 13-Nov-1969
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Gender: Female
Religion: Atheist [1]
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Occupation: Activist, Politician
Party Affiliation: See Note [2]

Nationality: Netherlands
Executive summary: Submission

Emigrated to the Netherlands in 1992 and applied for political asylum to avoid an arranged marriage. Wrote the screenplay for Theo Van Gogh's short film Submission (2004), broadcast of which prompted the filmmaker's assassination and caused Ali to go into hiding. She returned to Parliament in 2005, but resigned a year later when the Dutch government threatened to revoke her citizenship, having discovered that Ali had falsified her name and age while seeking asylum. She has since relocated to the United States.

[1] Former Sunni Muslim.

[2] People's Party for Freedom and Democracy.

Father: Hirsi Magan Isse
Husband: (arranged marrage to a cousin in Canada, did not attend ceremony, later annulled)

    High School: Muslim Girls' Secondary School, Nairobi, Kenya
    University: Valley Secretarial College, Nairobi, Kenya (one year)
MA Political Science, Leiden University (2000)

    American Enterprise Institute Fellow (2006-)
    Member of the Dutch Parliament (2003-06, resigned)
    Wiardi Beckman Foundation Fellow
    Foundation for Freedom of Expression

    The Unbelievers (29-Apr-2013) · Herself

Author of books:
De Zoontjesfabriek (2002, essays, trans. The Son Factory)
De Maagdenkooi (2006, essays, trans. The Caged Virgin)
Mijn Vrijheid (2006, memoir, trans. Infidel)

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