“You’re Not Here To Help Us” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Muslim Women In Their Own Words

One of things that’s most striking about so-called Muslim reformers is how they always position themselves as knowing better than those they claim to want to help. Ironically they also are the same type to be hostile towards religion and especially revelation because “God only speaks to certain elect humans”. And yet, they seem to be receiving some other form of divine insight.

“Because there is nothing quite as satisfying to a coloniser than a subject who becomes a salesperson for their ideology

Ayan Hirsi Ali — “Islamic Scholar” at Prager University

So Ayan Hirsi Ali “knows Islam” from the inside and outside. I wonder if Prager University would allow an actual authority on the religion to teach about Islam vs. one who attempts to pass off personal experience (which I’m not questioning her personal experiences) as religious fluency and authority.

Typical in these arguments is a claim that (a) Islam is inherently violent and (b) violence, as seen either in the Muslim world or coming from Muslims, is self-explanatory. Simply put, from Ali’s perspective, there is no history of that violence. However, if Ali were to examine that history the conclusions would also indict her beloved West as being guilty in contributing to that violence, even in some cases, instigating it.

Clearly Prager University’s academic rigor is as laughable as it is political and polemical. They could easily have found someone who could teach Islam from a more neutral position, one which doesn’t whitewash violence committed by Muslims but also not enforcing imperialist objectives by suggesting violence, as it pertains to Muslims/Islam, is a closed-loop discussion.