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Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe’s cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrants—most of them young men—from Muslim-majority countries. In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal c Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe’s cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrants—most of them young men—from Muslim-majority countries. In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal cases and personal testimony. Among these facts: In 2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, “offences against sexual self-determination” rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German. In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases, despite making up less than 1 percent of the total population. This violence isn’t a figment of alt-right propaganda, Hirsi Ali insists, even if neo-Nazis exaggerate it. It’s a real problem that Europe—and the world—cannot continue to ignore. She explains why so many young Muslim men who arrive in Europe engage in sexual harassment and violence, tracing the roots of sexual violence in the Muslim world from institutionalized polygamy to the lack of legal and religious protections for women. A refugee herself, Hirsi Ali is not against immigration. As a child in Somalia, she suffered female genital mutilation; as a young girl in Saudi Arabia, she was made to feel acutely aware of her own vulnerability. Immigration, she argues, requires integration and assimilation. She wants Europeans to reform their broken system—and for Americans to learn from European mistakes. If this doesn’t happen, the calls to exclude new Muslim migrants from Western countries will only grow louder. Deeply researched and featuring fresh and often shocking revelations, Prey uncovers a sexual assault and harassment crisis in Europe that is turning the clock on women’s rights much further back than the #MeToo movement is advancing it.


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Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe’s cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrants—most of them young men—from Muslim-majority countries. In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal c Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe’s cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrants—most of them young men—from Muslim-majority countries. In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal cases and personal testimony. Among these facts: In 2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, “offences against sexual self-determination” rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German. In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases, despite making up less than 1 percent of the total population. This violence isn’t a figment of alt-right propaganda, Hirsi Ali insists, even if neo-Nazis exaggerate it. It’s a real problem that Europe—and the world—cannot continue to ignore. She explains why so many young Muslim men who arrive in Europe engage in sexual harassment and violence, tracing the roots of sexual violence in the Muslim world from institutionalized polygamy to the lack of legal and religious protections for women. A refugee herself, Hirsi Ali is not against immigration. As a child in Somalia, she suffered female genital mutilation; as a young girl in Saudi Arabia, she was made to feel acutely aware of her own vulnerability. Immigration, she argues, requires integration and assimilation. She wants Europeans to reform their broken system—and for Americans to learn from European mistakes. If this doesn’t happen, the calls to exclude new Muslim migrants from Western countries will only grow louder. Deeply researched and featuring fresh and often shocking revelations, Prey uncovers a sexual assault and harassment crisis in Europe that is turning the clock on women’s rights much further back than the #MeToo movement is advancing it.

30 review for Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women's Rights

  1. 5 out of 5

    Caroline David

    Rooted primarily in facts and charts, Ayaan Hirsi Ali addresses the problems with the mass immigration from majority Muslim countries where mistreatment is unfortunately more common as the culture is just simply different there. She addresses how these immigrants are impacting women's rights and freedoms within the area. Spoke from the middle ground and as an asylum-seeking refugee, she offers important context and personal anecdotes. Rooted primarily in facts and charts, Ayaan Hirsi Ali addresses the problems with the mass immigration from majority Muslim countries where mistreatment is unfortunately more common as the culture is just simply different there. She addresses how these immigrants are impacting women's rights and freedoms within the area. Spoke from the middle ground and as an asylum-seeking refugee, she offers important context and personal anecdotes.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Xavier Bonilla

    I literally couldn’t put this book down. I consumed it in 2 days. Ayaan is a true champion of women around the world. This book is data driven, compassionate, and honest. She goes to great lengths to clarify her intentions and aims for seeing the humanity in us all. Bravo!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie Dei

    Ayaan Ali has done expectational research into the sexual assault crisis in Europe and the affects of it. Here book is thought provoking, eye-opening, and in many ways convicting. She challenges the ideals that we have today and asks what it means to be liberal and what it should mean. For the quality research that she does her book was hard to keep focus because as she points out the issues that we are seeing I was constantly asking the question, “so what can we do to change things?” without re Ayaan Ali has done expectational research into the sexual assault crisis in Europe and the affects of it. Here book is thought provoking, eye-opening, and in many ways convicting. She challenges the ideals that we have today and asks what it means to be liberal and what it should mean. For the quality research that she does her book was hard to keep focus because as she points out the issues that we are seeing I was constantly asking the question, “so what can we do to change things?” without receiving an answer. Here book is 18 chapters and out of the 18 only 4 of them cover solutions in thoughts on what we can do to change things. She dedicated the first majority to the many issues of sexual assault and immigration. I wish that she would have pieced where she introduced and issue and the problems and then gave the solution for it after discussing it and before moving on to the next issue. Framing the book as she did, I was constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. She does a great job of pointing out the issues with sexual assault: not taking women seriously, the police not doing enough, the light sentencing or no sentencing, the way that a victim has to prove themselves over and over again, the intrusive nature of the way women have to prove they have been assaulted, the fact that have to face their predator over and over in court to get a sentencing, and this double standard idea that the predator’s life is being ruined through the case and the victim’s hasn’t been by the assault. The issue I have again and again each chapter is not “maybe she is wrong” or “are the statistics true?” The issue I have is that she is only giving example after example to back up her point, but not giving a solution. I am aware and understand what is happening but what are we to do? I want to know how to help. How to decrease the horrors that exist for us women for simply being women. I want to know...where do we go from here? And it isn’t until the last four chapters that she gives that which is tough because it would be really easy to lose readers before they get to that point. Other than the framework of her book I thought the information was incredible and something no one is talking about. It felt very contradictory to what I have learned in the past. It is very convicting for me, as a liberal and a feminist, to hear from an immigrant the issues she faces. It poses obvious questions that many have heard before such as: if the roles were reversed and this was happening to men would they do something about it? I find myself leaning toward not believing Ayaan’s research, which is crazy, and second guessing her because of the convicting, controversial, and contradictory views that she is speaking on. It is hard to rate and review because I feel so split. I feel that I can’t speak on this as a Caucasian American who has lived with so many privileges that my nightmares don’t come close to the actual horrors that these women have lived through and the other side of me that says “that’s the point;” that I have to use my voice and my privilege to make people listen and pay attention to what is happening. Ali made me open eyes and realize that there are women that are left behind in the current feminist movement as much as we don’t want to believe it. “Progress is progress” is a quote that I think comes to mind when I think of the attitude that I have had toward my feminist journey and while that remains true, we have to be aware of where we are progressing and what is falling through the cracks. We also have to look at if that progression is turning a blind eye or regressing other movements. Ali isn’t wrong to say or believe that “we need a new feminist movement” but maybe we don’t have to wait for a new one maybe we just need more awareness and to reawaken the current movement. If you are looking to understand what women, especially migrant women, in Europe are going through and looking to be convicted in a way that gets you moving to help others and you love research this is the book for you. *I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scott Bradfield

    A bold, brave dive into the erosion of women's rights, in part by a tepid fear from Euopean institutions to tackle the issue of immigration and assimilation. Anyone who is a serious student of Women's Right's and the fight for equality should consider this a must read. A bold, brave dive into the erosion of women's rights, in part by a tepid fear from Euopean institutions to tackle the issue of immigration and assimilation. Anyone who is a serious student of Women's Right's and the fight for equality should consider this a must read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    MARK DA CUNHA

    In Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book, PREY: IMMIGRATION, ISLAM, AND THE EROSION OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS, she provides a shocking account of the treatment of women by Muslim immigrants, including that in "2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, 'offences against sexual self-determination' rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German. In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rap In Ayaan Hirsi Ali's book, PREY: IMMIGRATION, ISLAM, AND THE EROSION OF WOMEN'S RIGHTS, she provides a shocking account of the treatment of women by Muslim immigrants, including that in "2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, 'offences against sexual self-determination' rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German. In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases, despite making up less than 1 percent of the total population." Her accounts of the 'rape game' (taharrush gamea), forced genetal mutilation ('cutting parties'), forced child marriages (in Europe!), and grooming gangs, are chilling, as are the charges of racism and 'islamaphobia' to silence those that seek to bring awareness of such events, leading to the failure to legally prosecute those who engage in such rights violating behaviors. PREY dismisses the two false dominant responses to the immigrant violence. The first being that all those from the muslim world should be banned from immigrating (euro nationalists). As a former Muslim immigrant and asylum seeker she rejects this response. The second that Muslims can immigrate freely and live in Western countries as they do in their home countries according to a culture that regards women as inferior beings and it is Westerners who must adjust their laws accordingly (cultural relativists). Hirsi Ali rejects this view as well. To Hirsi Ali the main criteria for immigration should not be the migrant's race or their need for asylum, but whether the migrant can adapt to live as a productive, law abiding member that contributes to the host society. Hirsi Ali argues that immigration should not be closed, nor wide open to everyone, but that it should be selective: migrants must assimilate and adopt 'Western Values' (in particular tolerance to the views of others and the respect for women's rights). Those that violate the rights of others must be prosecuted, and not have their actions brushed under the table of political correctness.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tanya

    This book has many tables with statistics on rapes and sexual assaults in the EU, and that is exactly what's going on there. However, the author is contradicting herself while explaining the problem. The introduction is dedicated to bash anyone who is not so called progressive or liberal, she even brushed up on the Soviet Army raping German women, conveniently forgetting to mention how many Soviet women were raped by the German soldiers, but perhaps for her Soviet women's lives do not matter as This book has many tables with statistics on rapes and sexual assaults in the EU, and that is exactly what's going on there. However, the author is contradicting herself while explaining the problem. The introduction is dedicated to bash anyone who is not so called progressive or liberal, she even brushed up on the Soviet Army raping German women, conveniently forgetting to mention how many Soviet women were raped by the German soldiers, but perhaps for her Soviet women's lives do not matter as much. I do not agree with Putin but I did not see how his mention is relevant to the rape of the German women by some criminal immigrants from Asia Minor. The author refuses to see the problem is not Islam or Syrians, and not even immigration but on one hand, the big politics and bad decisions of Angela Merkel, who Germans keep electing, by the way, as well as the liberal justice. LIBERAL justice. It is progressivism and liberalism that defend the rapists and liberal courts that let them go to commit more crime! If they got more severe punishment, others would be cautioned and they would think twice before doing something like that. If people were smart during election times and wanted to defend themselves, they would never have chosen the officials they have multiple times.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    A much needed analysis on the erosion of women's rights in Western Europe- particularly those countries that have taken in asylum seekers and migrants from Muslim-majority countries. I am not one to stick my head in the sand or avoid non-PC issues so I was already aware of much of what Ali discusses in her book. (I have been aware of No-Go Zones in many European cities for quite a while now despite all the Leftists' objections to the existence of such. There are now apps that allow tourists to a A much needed analysis on the erosion of women's rights in Western Europe- particularly those countries that have taken in asylum seekers and migrants from Muslim-majority countries. I am not one to stick my head in the sand or avoid non-PC issues so I was already aware of much of what Ali discusses in her book. (I have been aware of No-Go Zones in many European cities for quite a while now despite all the Leftists' objections to the existence of such. There are now apps that allow tourists to avoid crime-ridden No-Go Zones in popular cities in Europe for their safety.) Ali is uniquely positioned to write this book as she was an asylum seeker herself. Born in Somalia, she suffered Female Genital Mutilation at the hands of her grandmother as a child. She later fled Africa to escape a forced marriage. She found asylum in The Netherlands where she eventually became a member of Parliament. Now living in the US she advocates for women's rights and free speech. Her book Infidel discusses her journey as an asylum seeker, her successful integration into Western society, and her becoming a target of Islamic militants. Her book Prey is a logical next move. As I, and others, have observed, attacks against European women have risen sharply in the wake of mass migration of young men from Muslim-majority countries. Using stats (those she and her team of researchers were able to procure- for some reason Sweden seems especially reluctant to release its stats on these attacks), Ali breaks down the sexual assaults, aggressions, rapes and murders in recent years at the hands of migrants, some of whom are in the countries illegally. She also discusses the disturbing trend of European women altering their dress and behavior (i.e.- not walking in the streets alone at night, avoiding certain neighborhoods) to avoid being the target of verbal and physical attacks. Ali discusses court cases and outcomes as well as the research she and her team conducted while in Europe. She analyzes why European leaders are loathe to discuss this touchy subject and profiles the people working to make change, some of which were asylum seekers themselves. She not only discusses the problems but puts forth viable solutions as well (besides throwing money at the problem). Every European leader dealing with the issue of integrating recent migrants and asylum seekers from Muslim-majority countries would do well to read this book and take to heart the words of Ayan Hirsi Ali.

  8. 4 out of 5

    João C.

    During the days of the mass migrant exodus I was happy that the EU opened its borders. Even though I feared culture clashes, I was perhaps naïve and thought integration was possible. A few years later, that hardly seems the case. With the increasing number of migrant-related incidents, ghettoization and no-go zones, integration seems like a mirage. The author walks us through a series of disturbing incidents against women that have been happening in the last couple of years, and in most of them, During the days of the mass migrant exodus I was happy that the EU opened its borders. Even though I feared culture clashes, I was perhaps naïve and thought integration was possible. A few years later, that hardly seems the case. With the increasing number of migrant-related incidents, ghettoization and no-go zones, integration seems like a mirage. The author walks us through a series of disturbing incidents against women that have been happening in the last couple of years, and in most of them, soft-sentences seem to be the rule, rather than the exception. I am a strong supporter of migrant integration, in particular for those who come from war-torn countries and deserve a peaceful life. However, I am also a supporter of a strong criminal system, especially for reoffenders. If we fail to do this, our western way of life, and especially women’s rights are at risk.

  9. 4 out of 5

    thewanderingjew

    Prey, Ayaan Hirsi Ali This is a carefully and well-researched thorough analysis of how migrants adjust to their new homeland in Europe, and it also exposes their effect on how females are viewed and treated. In all cases, it is the Muslim community of migrants that fares the worst with regard to integration. The largest number of immigrants were from Muslim countries and were men. The author sets out to learn why they fail to integrate into the society of their new host country and why women in t Prey, Ayaan Hirsi Ali This is a carefully and well-researched thorough analysis of how migrants adjust to their new homeland in Europe, and it also exposes their effect on how females are viewed and treated. In all cases, it is the Muslim community of migrants that fares the worst with regard to integration. The largest number of immigrants were from Muslim countries and were men. The author sets out to learn why they fail to integrate into the society of their new host country and why women in the countries they enter are far more likely to be abused. She does not believe throwing money at the problem will solve it. It is not that they are not welcomed or that there are no programs to assimilate them into society. It is rather that they isolate themselves, forming their own “mini-Muslim countries” within communities, obeying the laws of Islam, more often than not. Sometimes the laws are more extreme examples of Sharia. In the communities in which they settle, they are allowed to make their own laws and disregard the rules of the country in which they now live. Often, they do not wish to assimilate and identify with their new country, but they cling, instead, to their old homeland and ways. This remains so, even though they left to find a better life. They still recreate the place they abandoned. In the newly created Muslim communities, the language of their new country is ignored in their homes. The children are very sheltered. There are neighborhood "religious police" always watching their movement. Women are afraid to move about freely. In the home and their schools, they are taught to adhere to strict Islamic doctrine and males are taught to disrespect females. Ali provides suggestions to solve the problem of the lack of Muslim assimilation into the society of their new homelands, but these suggestions have largely been resisted because they resist a broader education. They believe that they can resist it all because they must face their G-d in the end and their G-d cannot be resisted. This behavior is accompanied by a great deal of fear because this Muslim community responds violently and is not punished adequately for its overreactions or crimes. Fear of being called names like racist and xenophobe etc. control the narrative. However, any response from the host country that shows weakness makes the offenders believe that their behavior is acceptable, so it continues and grows worse. I have read several books by this author. All are well researched, and her honest appraisals of the situations are refreshing. She does not shy away from identifying the problems and telling the truth about them. An immigrant herself, from a Muslim country, she is very much aware of racism and of the stigma attached to criticizing Muslims, but also aware of the abuse of women in Muslim countries and now in the countries Muslims emigrate to, as well. She believes acknowledging the problems is not racism, but the first step in solving it. She refuses to be afraid to speak the truth. While the statistics she offers are mind-numbing, they are eye-opening. The individual stories are horrendous, so much so that although the author advises the reader to read them all, I had to skim many because they were overwhelmingly brutal. The conditions that exist in Europe, and sadly in America today (although she does not address the United States), are deteriorating because explanations and suggestions to address the problems are met with anger, accusations and rebuttals, not solutions. Sadly, that doesn’t solve the problem, but exacerbates it. Rather than deal with the reality, an alternate reality is created in which to hide from the truth and protect those migrants, so as not to offend them. That means the harm they inflict on others is unregulated, unchecked and without consequences; the abuse of women is allowed to flourish. This mass migration can inflict negative changes upon a civilized society. When the powers that be allow anyone to enter the country, regardless of cultural background or history of criminal behavior, only havoc can ensue. If their criminal behavior is allowed, soon it becomes accepted and the “outsiders” effectively control the narrative, changing the world of the “insiders” negatively. Women hide in their homes, don’t go out alone, not for religious reasons but out of fear. It was not until the order to allow unfettered immigration was instituted that rampant abuse of women began to occur. This mass influx, according to the author, also coincided with mass terrorist attacks across Europe. Although denied, at first, it has now been acknowledged that there are “no go” zones in which whites and women are unwelcome and law enforcement, ambulances and fire departments will not enter without a security escort for fear of being attacked. Searching for help when faced with this religiously motivated abusive behavior by migrant men, women are brushed off, blamed, refused justice or simply ignored by government officials, law enforcement and other witnesses because even they fear being ostracized, ridiculed, labeled racists or worse, even suffer retaliation from the unpunished offenders. Anyone who speaks the truth about the situation, is probably going to be in danger, judges included. It is for this reason that the crimes are not punished appropriately, if at all. It is probably why Ali’s books do not get the wide recognition they deserve. If they were applauded, the people praising them would be wrongfully labeled as anti-immigrant, xenophobic or racists, rather than pro law enforcement, pro respect for women, pro controlled borders, and pro appropriate punishment for crimes. They would all require bodyguards. When immigrants who claim to be children are bearded men, and are still believed, something is wrong with the society that pretends to believe them, not with the culture of these migrants who abuse women. If the system was more tightly controlled, rotten eggs would be removed before admitted, truly deported and not allowed back, not given comfort and sanctuary by misguided citizens believing they are being compassionate when they are allowing their society to become disrespectful to women and reversing the rights they worked so hard to achieve. Law abiding, moral immigrants would be admitted regardless of country or color or religion. Those who could add something to society would be encouraged to come and be welcomed. Those willing to learn the language and take on the cloak of their new country would succeed, but to do so, they would be expected to abide by the laws and show some appreciation for the opportunity they are being given. All those who believe that our borders should be open, that anyone should have unfettered access to anyone’s country, should read this book. Actually, everyone should read this book because we are all effected by mass migration when it has a negative impact on our country, and if the Muslim migrant resists integration, he merely recreates his own country within a safe space that is provided for him, in his host country. Ali investigated the situation and wrote the book because she wanted to know why certain streets were emptying of European women. She found out why and outlines the reasons for the failure of Muslims to integrate into the society of their host countries. They won’t work in certain industries, won’t work next to women, won’t obey the laws of the country, and these refusals to adjust are being accepted and accommodated. She offers sensible suggestions to solve the problems, not eliminate them. She is not against immigration. Bleeding hearts are motivated by altruistic concerns, but they are not solving the problem, they are creating it. If you welcome immigrants, they will come, if they have no requirements to enter, they, most likely, will not be the cream of the crop. It is a recipe for disaster. This book is an honest, fearless appraisal of the effect of migration on a country not willing to control its borders.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura Engelhardt

    Truthy or True? I am extremely glad I read this book. The author's key point is this: "Women's safety from predatory men is the issue around which all true feminists must rally and coalesce." And yet, time and again, we don't. Instead, we find ourselves caught up in other fights/concerns -- racism, Islamophobia, reconciliation/forgiveness, etc. What the author clearly lays out is the dystopian future that awaits if we allow women's rights to be out in public to be eroded. The main problem I have w Truthy or True? I am extremely glad I read this book. The author's key point is this: "Women's safety from predatory men is the issue around which all true feminists must rally and coalesce." And yet, time and again, we don't. Instead, we find ourselves caught up in other fights/concerns -- racism, Islamophobia, reconciliation/forgiveness, etc. What the author clearly lays out is the dystopian future that awaits if we allow women's rights to be out in public to be eroded. The main problem I have with this book is that it tried to find evidence to support the claims, when countries are either not collecting the evidence or are hiding it. So the author had to cobble together a lot of stats that aren't quite enough for me. The over-emphasis on statistics at the beginning of the book & their (admitted) flaws made me wonder whether I am buying her arguments because they sound true, or because they are true. She takes a long time to attempt to rebut the perception that because she is speaking out against the OBVIOUSLY misogynist culture of the Islamic world, she is not a racist. As someone from the U.S., I'm still grappling with the way Europeans have flagged anti-religious feelings with racism. They are two separate things. Racism is the hatred of someone because of immutable characteristics. People's religions are mutable. This isn't the same thing & the fact that European liberals have decided they are is striking to me. In the U.S. -- for men and women -- race seems to trump gender in terms of the "worst" behavior. Racial slurs cannot be quoted in a research paper, but misogynist slurs are used on network TV. Seems like the same thing is going on in Europe, but even worse because the horrific cultural views of women in the Middle East are trickling into and affecting mainstream European society. What Ali does show us is how the slippery slope of "cultural relativism" is allowing Sharia-culture, where women must remove themselves from the public sphere, else face physical violence as well as shunning, has arrived in Europe. I'm not sure whether Ali's important points would have been better made in a shorter essay, but I hope that book reviewers from La Monde and The Economist, etc. pick it up and use their reviews to highlight her salient points. Because she does make some extremely good arguments about how the "Wir shaffen das" attitude towards open doors/welcome, WITHOUT appropriate support/structure, has failed both native-born European women AND the Islamic immigrants who have arrived. I appreciated the fact that Ali made proposals on how to fix it -- and need to spend some time considering her first reform suggestion: i.e. forget about figuring out whether someone is in danger -- everyone who migrates is in danger of some extreme harm, whether extreme poverty or physical violence/death -- and focus on the likelihood of assimilation/integration. Our inability to discuss problems in our society for fear of being labeled racist is ridiculous. I wish the epithet 'misogynist' had 1/2 as much weight as 'racist'. The failure of the state to protect its citizens is inexcusable. I am an opponent of the U.S.'s "lock em up" justice system for a variety of reasons, but the lack of consequences for the cases Ali cites is a significant problem, underscoring the misogyny of the judicial class, that devalues women's pain/suffering, as well as the European liberal society's lack of preparation to face a large influx of people with very different expectations of how the world works/should work. You should read this book if you live in Europe and have not had an opportunity to discuss the perceptions of women with large groups of Muslim men.

  11. 4 out of 5

    James

    It’s a particularly strange time to be a woman in Western society, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali notes in her book PREY. Decades of effort at demanding fair and equal opportunity are suddenly relegated to a lower tier of importance, behind the perceived needs of others higher up on the intersectional hierarchy. Ms. Hirsi Ali notes that women in Western European nations are increasingly at risk of losing the gains they’ve achieved in their societies due to the influx of immigrants from incompatible cultures It’s a particularly strange time to be a woman in Western society, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali notes in her book PREY. Decades of effort at demanding fair and equal opportunity are suddenly relegated to a lower tier of importance, behind the perceived needs of others higher up on the intersectional hierarchy. Ms. Hirsi Ali notes that women in Western European nations are increasingly at risk of losing the gains they’ve achieved in their societies due to the influx of immigrants from incompatible cultures who refuse to integrate into the cultures of the countries they’ve been allowed to enter and remain as refugees or immigrants. Even worse, women’s very safety is in jeopardy. She cites many cases of horrific abuse suffered by women who’ve done nothing more than live as they assumed they could (i.e., walking in the evening, wearing clothing of their choice) at the hands of barbarians whose culture allows them to treat women as playthings and property. My main quibble with this book is the presentation of data in the first section. It’s overlong and clumsy, although to be fair, listening to the audiobook is probably not the ideal way to consume such data. The author herself narrated the audiobook. I’ve heard her speak before and she speaks quite normally, but the glacial pace of the narration at 1X is off-putting (I’ve long suspected that the narration speed of many audiobooks is slowed down, artificially, on purpose). Sped up, the narration becomes a delight.

  12. 5 out of 5

    R.p. Morgan

    Fascinating and also terrifying, this book should get everyone’s attention— especially women. Ms Hirsi Ali gives a well documented account of how the immigration policies of Western European countries are changing and even threatening the hard won freedoms of women in European countries. With statistical data and anecdotal accounts of vastly increased crimes against and daily harassment of European women in public areas in Europe by male immigrants that have come to Europe since 2015, she educat Fascinating and also terrifying, this book should get everyone’s attention— especially women. Ms Hirsi Ali gives a well documented account of how the immigration policies of Western European countries are changing and even threatening the hard won freedoms of women in European countries. With statistical data and anecdotal accounts of vastly increased crimes against and daily harassment of European women in public areas in Europe by male immigrants that have come to Europe since 2015, she educated the reader about immigration in Europe and the lack of proper coordination and consequences enforced by immigration policy since 2015 in Europe. She presents the problem as one the governments are ill equipped or unwilling to address head on. But, she clearly sees it as a threat to European women’s rights and to their safety if not addressed by the immigration authorities in those countries with the most egregious failures. It is a book that free countries everywhere should be aware of and consider whether their own immigration policies are sufficient to safeguard the women of those countries, lest a century of women’s fight for rights in the free world may be lost in just a few years of immigration mismanagement or oversight. It is a complex and well written discourse and warning for free world governments and their citizens.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy England

    Excellent book. Everyone who considers all cultures equal and all cultures good, including everyone who works for the main stream media, needs to read this book. On the cover the author asks "...Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe's cities?" The problem I see here in America, which the author describes as happening in Europe as well, is that politically correct speech has been chosen over truth. The author is wary of conservatives as bein Excellent book. Everyone who considers all cultures equal and all cultures good, including everyone who works for the main stream media, needs to read this book. On the cover the author asks "...Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe's cities?" The problem I see here in America, which the author describes as happening in Europe as well, is that politically correct speech has been chosen over truth. The author is wary of conservatives as being the alt-right, but many of us who know ourselves to be liberals have moved to the conservative side of main-stream America because we cannot get truth from our MSM. We are nowhere near alt-right, and most conservatives aren't, but the left has co-opted the term "liberal", and the MSM is more left oriented, especially the opinions, than actually liberal. The author is correct in that migrants being granted asylum need to demonstrate that they are willing to follow our laws, and that the courts need to stop making excuses for them not doing so. Conservatives are addressing the issues mentioned in this book, but they are discredited right away by "liberals" simply because they are conservatives and called "racist" and "xenophobic". Until conversation becomes open again between the right and the left none of these problems will be corrected.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Her book is based on the propaganda to sell Islamic as a tool for her prosperity but America doesn't know the record of this writer. She has been selling her identity as an instrument for the political division of the Western countries and benefited from it rather than the local supporter. Hirsi Ali left the parliament in 2006 following an announcement by the immigration minister that her Dutch citizenship was illegitimate on account of false statements she had made on her asylum and citizenship Her book is based on the propaganda to sell Islamic as a tool for her prosperity but America doesn't know the record of this writer. She has been selling her identity as an instrument for the political division of the Western countries and benefited from it rather than the local supporter. Hirsi Ali left the parliament in 2006 following an announcement by the immigration minister that her Dutch citizenship was illegitimate on account of false statements she had made on her asylum and citizenship applications. Hirsi Ali moved to the United States in the wake of the controversy; she became a U.S. citizen in 2013. Her book lacked the identification of finding out why the Bible and the Quran has similar verses on the views of women and how Western Countries have changed the narrative of the Bibles thanks to the Protestants and liberalism ideologies. Even today, Orthodox Christians have kept the same views on women because of the Bible's interpretation and rejected the liberal views. Readers should consider the fact on the narrative rather than aligning it with their political ideologies.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Ali fears Muslim immigrants will spread Islam and its beliefs, especially those that infringe on women's rights, across the world. She points out the dangers of "liberal political correctness," and not the dangers of "conservative political correctness." Ali wants the immigration system to suppress the practices of Islam, something progressive Muslims have not been able to do for any extended period of time. If European and US immigration could do that, maybe governments could also suppress the o Ali fears Muslim immigrants will spread Islam and its beliefs, especially those that infringe on women's rights, across the world. She points out the dangers of "liberal political correctness," and not the dangers of "conservative political correctness." Ali wants the immigration system to suppress the practices of Islam, something progressive Muslims have not been able to do for any extended period of time. If European and US immigration could do that, maybe governments could also suppress the offensive practices of all other religions while they are at it. A. H. Ali makes some important observations. This is the fourth of her books I've read. Overall, though, I find her approach authoritarian and linear. Ali faults the legal system for not publicly reporting a criminal's nationality, ethnicity and religion; doing so, I fear, will further spread hate, retribution and stereotyping of particular populations, especially non-white populations. As a consequences of hierarchies, class, inequality and power, white criminals, unlike criminals of color, are not representative of white populations as a whole.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Moates

    This was an interesting read, informing the reader of the impacts of the migration of people, many young single males, into Europe from mainly North Africa and the Middle East. The book starts out a little weak, trying to use data to support the theory that sexual crimes have risen dramatically due to large numbers of immigrants who have extremely different backgrounds, traditions and attitudes toward the liberated Western woman and women in general. The evidence is real, but unfortunately the d This was an interesting read, informing the reader of the impacts of the migration of people, many young single males, into Europe from mainly North Africa and the Middle East. The book starts out a little weak, trying to use data to support the theory that sexual crimes have risen dramatically due to large numbers of immigrants who have extremely different backgrounds, traditions and attitudes toward the liberated Western woman and women in general. The evidence is real, but unfortunately the data is not uniformly collected. The remainder of the book gets to the real stories in several European cities of women being raped, attacked, leered at, whistled and treated like objects and the extreme cultural differences that exist that are behind these issues. Ali provides recommendations at the end of her book as to how she would remedy many of these situations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Don Smith

    This book is constructed with a fascinating and controversial premise, but Ms. Ali backs up all of her writing with data. While the data is sometimes overwhelming, the topic is very important and well presented. The Rights of Women are being diminished around the world both by men and by religion, a fact that is irrefutable. Ms. Ali has been condemned for her view that Islam considers women as inferior to men, but that certainly seems to be the case in countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia, This book is constructed with a fascinating and controversial premise, but Ms. Ali backs up all of her writing with data. While the data is sometimes overwhelming, the topic is very important and well presented. The Rights of Women are being diminished around the world both by men and by religion, a fact that is irrefutable. Ms. Ali has been condemned for her view that Islam considers women as inferior to men, but that certainly seems to be the case in countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia, and others. Contrary to her critics, I found the book to be thought-provoking and well-researched even though critical of many of the new immigrants in Europe. It is a conversation we should be having around the world and this book presents one side of the discussion.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara Christians

    Addresses a topic many refuse to discuss plainly - Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been brave in this respect in all of her books. Prey, however, lacks the emotional punch that her previous books had and her proposed solutions to the problem of sexual violence in Europe seem unlikely to be successful even if they were adopted and implemented, which seems impossible with the current climate of political correctness. There is good information and analysis here, though, and it is worth the read

  19. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This is an important read for everyone in western society. I see a lot of similarities with the way this immigration challenge is being handled and how other public issues are being handled. The focus on topics that cater to a certain narratives while incredibly important issues are buried is way to common an occurrence these days.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Gorsky

    Expertly researched and a must read. Ayaan Hirsi Ali continues to be a woman I am inspired by. Her conclusions about how to reform the current immigration/asylum system in Europe is for the most part spot on (although the libertarian in my disagrees with some of her recommendations of interventionism). This is the type of feminism I can get behind. Well done!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ave.keller

    Well written and well argued, I highly recommend this book. Ayaan Hirsi Ali doesn’t paint with broad brushstrokes; she nuances her claims. I value her opinions all the more for her honesty. I don’t agree with some of the conclusions, but I absolutely think that she is raising awareness about a real problem that is rarely faced head on.

  22. 5 out of 5

    C. Patrick G. Erker

    This is a brave, sympathetic, thoughtful work by feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. It tackles a sensitive subject with compassion and directness, and is well-worth the read (or listen, especially since the author herself reads the audiobook version). It raises uncomfortable questions for policy-makers and leaders in Europe and other liberal (small l) democracies about what it means to be an open, pluralistic society with a shared sense of values, purpose, and future.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stany

    Timely subject and well covered by AHA. However one star lost for two reasons: a blatant mistake in a table 15 page 252 on the Belgium number and a what seems rushed last chapter with conclusions. I would have hoped see would have given more details on the solutions and policies that she is proposing.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Alex Whigham

    You can really tell the author has researched well and tried to be objective. A very informative book about the immigration situation in Europe, includes constructive ideas at the end about how to address the issue as well.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tim Peterson

    I enjoyed listening to this authors perspective on the Islamic world since it was a different perspective from what you normally hear from the rest of the American culture. I would recommend this book to help round out your perspective on Islam’s effects on culture.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    A powerful, thought provoking, and passionate critique of the current immigration situation in Europe and its lasting effects on the status of women. To be read by those open and questioning minds. Not for the faint of heart.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Robert Marshall

    This was a very eye opening book though a lot of it was stat heavy with limited interpretation. As a populist I found her reasoning very anti-populist in nature but it was well written and a recommend form me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    A difficult but fascinating read. Worth the time, as in the United States we are seeing more and more immigration from a variety of countries. I admire the honesty in the book, and the insight into the Muslim culture.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alex Dimaio

    I admire her so much, but this book was not engaging at all. I don’t think we needed more than ten pages to support the argument. I think this book was a miss. Sorry.

  30. 5 out of 5

    George Slade

    Read it.

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