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I was raised a practicing Muslim and remained
one for almost half my life.

I attended madrassas, that is, Islamic schools,
and memorized large parts of the Qur'an.

As a child, I lived in Mecca for a time and
frequently visited the Grand Mosque.

As a teenager, I sympathized with the Muslim
Brotherhood.

At 22 while my family was living in Kenya,
my father arranged my marriage to a member

of our family clan, a man that I had never
met.

I ran away, made my way to Holland, studied
there and eventually was elected a member

of the Dutch parliament.
Now I live in the United States.
In short, I have seen Islam from the inside
and the outside.

I believe that a reform of Islam is necessary
and possible.

And only Muslims can make that reform a reality.
But we in the West cannot remain on the sidelines
as though the outcome of this struggle

has nothing to do with us.
If the jihadists win and the hope for a reformed
Islam dies, the rest of the world will pay

a terrible price.
The terror attacks in New York, London, Madrid,
Paris and many other places

are only a preview for what is to come.
For this reason, I believe that it’s foolish
to insist, as Western leaders habitually do,

that the violent acts committed in the name
of Islam can somehow be divorced

from the religion itself.
For more than a decade, my message has been
simple: Islam is not a religion of peace.

When I assert this, I do not mean that Islamic
belief makes all Muslims violent.

This is manifestly not the case: There are
many millions of peaceful Muslims in the world.

What I do say is that the call to violence
and the justification for it are explicitly

stated in the sacred texts of Islam.
Moreover, this theologically sanctioned violence
is there to be activated by any number of offenses,

including but not limited to adultery,
blasphemy, homosexuality and apostasy

--that is to leave Islam.
Those who tolerate this intolerance do so
at their peril.

As someone who has known what it is to live
without freedom, I watch in amazement as those

who call themselves liberals and progressives--people
who claim to believe so fervently in individual

liberty and minority rights--make common cause
with the forces in the world that manifestly

pose the greatest threats to that very freedom
and those very minorities.

In 2014 I was invited to accept an honorary
degree from Brandeis University for the work

I have done on behalf of women's rights in
the Muslim world.

That invitation was withdrawn after professors
and students protested my criticism of Islam.

My subsequent "disinvitation," as it came
to be called, was no favor to Muslims

--just the opposite.
By labeling critical examination of Islam
as inherently "racist," we make the chances

of reformation far less likely.
There are no limits on criticism of Christianity
at American universities or anywhere else,

for that matter; why should there be of Islam?
Instead of contorting Western intellectual
traditions so as not to offend our Muslim

fellow citizens, we need to defend both those
traditions and the Muslim dissidents who take

great risks to promote them.
We should support these brave men and women
in every way possible.

Imagine a platform for Muslim dissidents that
communicated their message through YouTube,

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
These are the Muslims we should be supporting--for our sake as much for the sake of Islam.
In the Cold War, the West celebrated dissidents
such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Andrei Sakharov,

and Václav Havel, who had the courage to
challenge the Soviet system from within.

Today, there are many dissidents who challenge
Islam, but the West either ignores them

or dismisses them as "not representative."
This is a grave mistake.
Reformers such as Tawfiq Hamid, Asra Nomani
& Zuhdi Jasser and many others

must be supported and protected.
They should be as well known as Solzhenitsyn,
Sakharov, and Havel were in the 1980s.

If we do in fact support political, social
and religious freedom, then we cannot in good

conscience give Islam a free pass on the grounds
of multicultural sensitivity.

We need to say to Muslims living in the West:
If you want to live in our societies, to share

in their material benefits, then you need
to accept that our freedoms are not optional.

Islam is at a cross roads of reformation or
self-destruction.

But so is the West.
I'm Ayaan Hirsi Ali of Harvard University
for Prager University.

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Is Islam a Religion of Peace?

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