The Caged Virgin

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The Caged Virgin
Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Original title De maagdenkooi
Subject Women in Muslim societies
Publisher Free Press
Publication date
Published in English
Media type Book
Pages 187
ISBN 978-0-7432-8833-0
OCLC 64390639
LC Class BP173.4 .H5813 2006
Preceded by De zoontjesfabriek (2002)
Followed by Infidel (2006)

The Caged Virgin: A Muslim Woman's Cry for Reason, also published as The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam (first issued 2006) is the English translation of a book by the former Dutch parliamentarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali, De maagdenkooi (2004). In this book Hirsi Ali discusses her own struggle with Islam, intended as a model how other Muslim women may achieve their own emancipation. In advising women how to address the divide between Western and Islamic thought, she draws on her firsthand knowledge of the Islamic world and the philosophical tradition originating in the Enlightenment.

Hirsi Ali contends that in Islamic regions Muslim women who seek solace and escape from Islam are typically threatened with death, and those Muslim women who do escape the "virgins' cage" are branded whores. The author discusses Islamic views on the role of women, the rights of individuals, the roots of Islamic fanaticism, and proposes Western policies toward Islamic countries and immigrant communities.

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