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Anti-Islamic writer 'stirs hatred'

Author arrives today amid tight security
Calls Islamic culture 'backward'
Under 24-hour guard since 2004

A VISIT to Sydney by a controversial Somali writer who calls the prophet Mohammed a pedophile and says Islam is inferior to Western culture has outraged Muslims, who accuse her of inciting hatred.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali will arrive in Sydney today amid tight security normally reserved for foreign dignitaries or royalty.

Her writings and talks focus on what she calls the backwardness of Islamic culture and the persecution of Muslim women.

The Somali-born Muslim - who fled to The Netherlands, became a Dutch citizen and renounced her religion - has been under 24-hour guard since the murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh in November 2004 by a Muslim extremist in Amsterdam.

Van Gogh's film Submission, which examined the oppression of Muslim women, was written by Hirsi Ali. His killer, Mohammed Bouyeri, left a five-page death threat addressed to her, pinned to the filmmaker's chest.

However, University of Technology Sydney Islamic law lecturer Jamila Hussain said Hirsi Ali's ideas were extreme and stigmatised Muslims.

"I think she'd be better staying where she came from," Ms Hussain said. "I've read enough of her thoughts. It's a narrow and radical opinion, and I don't agree with it. She's obviously had some dreadful experiences, but they're not typical."

In her writings, Hirsi Ali describes being circumcised as a young girl and how she escaped an arranged marriage.

Nada Roude, of the NSW Islamic Council, said Hirsi Ali's comments on the prophet Mohammed were a "no-go zone".

"They (prophets) are not just like you and me, they have special status - you're supposed to show respect," Ms Roude said.

"There have to be boundaries in how far you go in respecting other's beliefs. The reaction from the community is likely to be quite worrying."

Hirsi Ali has written that under Dutch law, Mohammed's marriage to six-year-old A'ishah (whose age is disputed by Muslim scholars) and his subsequent consummation of the marriage when she was nine would make him a pedophile.

Ms Roude said there seemed to be a double standard about who was allowed to visit Australia, particularly as Hirsi Ali's visit appeared to have the potential to incite hatred.

"Muslims are not treated the same," she said. "There are a set of rules for one community and another for the rest of the community. Anyone who causes harm to our society because they have the right to express their opinion is not welcome."

Hirsi Ali's latest book, her autobiography Infidel, has been a bestseller. She now lives in the US after losing a parliamentary seat in The Netherlands when it was discovered she had lied on her application for asylum.

She has two public functions at the Sydney Writers Festival: a discussion on Saturday and the festival's closing address on Sunday. Both are sell-outs.


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  • Islam is ABOUT hatred. Everything outrages, angers, frustrates, or just pisses them off. F*ck em, quit trying to make everyone happy.

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  • The woman's a star, her truth scares myth of islam

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  • Mohammed is a pedofile and his words are lies.

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  • I have to agree with many of the things she is unhappy about within Islam. I have a pages of items in the Global Womens Issues Group, that back up a lot of what she says. You only need to watch some of the vid from some of the Muftis to get the picture that Islam is not Female friendly. Islam dosent promote women to having a voice and men seem to have so much to say about how Islam protects them. Let these free thinking Muslim women speak for themselves, let them tell us about how fair and equal More..

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  • In the flesh she looks like a good head givva!!

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  • All those radical muslim extremists are proving her point every time they kill somebody that uncovers the true face of Islam.

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  • The problem nowadays is that Muslims have to take the (QUR'AN) and gear it TOWARDS THE 21ST CENTURY!!!

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  • alivethruluck: "In the flesh she looks like a good head givva!! "


    or maybe the big eyes just remind me of my girlfriend who gave me my first bo-humm!!

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  • Good for her.
    I respect anybodies right to practice any religion but I do not have to believe what they believe.
    I do not believe mohammed was a prophet and I do believe he was a pedophile, so what?????
    Lots of people don't believe in Jesus, Buddha, Jim Jones, Fred Phelps......who cares?
    I respect the right of everyone to believe as they choose.
    I do not have to respect religious icons of faiths I do not believe in.
    To me they are nothing more than cartoons.
    Just my humble opinion.

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  • Mohammed makes my coffee every morning at the 7-11.

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  • PS. and Jesus cuts my grass every week.

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  • Tongueboy: "Good for her. I respect anybodies right to practice any religion but I do not have to believe what they believe. I do not believe mohammed was a prophet and I do believe he was a pedophile, so what????? Lots of people don't believe in Jesus, Buddha, Jim Jones, Fred Phelps......who cares? I respect the right of everyone to believe as they choose. I do not have to respect religious icons of faiths I do not believe in. To me they are nothing more than cartoons. Just my humble opinion. "
    i More..

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  • Punch_The_Monkey: "Mohammed makes my coffee every morning at the 7-11."
    hey mine does too bet my mohammed can your mohammeds ass! lol

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  • The Trickster: "All those radical muslim extremists are proving her point every time they kill somebody that uncovers the true face of Islam. "

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  • LosHwy66: "Ali is a HERO to all. Hopefully more "Muslims" WAKEUP!"


    You meant Radical muslims

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  • the truth hurts

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  • if it's fair to criticise other faiths it's
    certainly fair to criticise Islam.

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  • The Trickster: "All those radical muslim extremists are proving her point every time they kill somebody that uncovers the true face of Islam. "
    "TRUE FACE OF ISLAM" is BEAUTIFUL..this is what you call "POLICTITAL ISLAM"

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  • this woman is the true definition of black *****..

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