Global Conference 2016

Author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is calling for a reform of Islam. In her book "Heretic: Why Islam Needs A Reformation Now," the native Somalian argues that the oppression and violence often associated with Islam is not the result of social or economic conditions, but is rooted in the religion's basic texts. The violence will end, she says, only if Muslims' perception of their religion changes. Ali's perspective reflects personal experience as a young girl growing up in Somalia and later as a refugee and political activist in Holland and the U.S. Her books, speeches and film collaborations about the treatment of women in traditional Islamic societies have gained her praise as well as criticism. Now an American citizen, Ali will talk about her life and her views on Islam in this frank one-on-one conversation.


Mary Hart

TV Host


Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Founder, AHA Foundation; Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

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