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Unveiled ❮Reading❯ ➿ Unveiled Author Yasmine Mohammed – Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel meets The Handmaid's Tale Since September 11th 2001 the Western world has been preoccupied with Islam and its role in terrorism Yet public debate about the faith is polarized Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel meets The Handmaid's Tale Since September th the Western world has been preoccupied with Islam and its role in terrorism Yet public debate about the faith is polarized—one camp praises the religion of peace while the other claims all Muslims are terrorists Canadian human rights activist Yasmine Mohammed believes both sides are dangerously wrongIn Unveiled How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam Yasmine speaks her truth as a woman born in the Western world yet raised in a fundamentalist Islamic home Despite being a first generation Canadian she never felt at home in the West And even though she attended Islamic schools and wore the hijab since age nine Yasmine never fit in with her Muslim family either With one foot in each world Yasmine is far enough removed from both to see them objectively yet close enough to see them honestlyPart.

  • paperback
  • 290 pages
  • Unveiled
  • Yasmine Mohammed
  • 01 February 2015
  • 9781999240509

10 thoughts on “Unveiled

  1. Jack Smith Jack Smith says:

    Ben Affleck should read this

  2. Noor Grewal-Virk Noor Grewal-Virk says:

    An important book at this point in history Simply put we western feminists need to put our fears aside of being labeled as racists and bigots because our sisters in Muslim majority countries are anticipating our support If these horrible atrocities can happen to a girl child in Canada one can only imagine what’s happening in countries where women have very limited to no rights Yasmine’s memoire throws light on our own hypocrisy Our western values are there to build up female empowerment lgbt rights freedom of speech etc but somehow in our zeal to be tolerant we are unwittingly supporting extreme far right wing ideology of fundamental Islam It’s time to get our liberal values in check again and start defending the minorities within minorities such as women lgbt people and freethinkers Good luck to you Yasmine it was obvious from your story that you are still healing My best wishes to you

  3. Kate Kate says:

    The subject of the book is very difficult but the book itself was easy to read The author tells her personal story adding general information about the situation in Muslim majority countries showing that her story is not uniue but is actually common around the world Her personal story of abuse is a specific illustration of a general trend She however was born in Canada and she was betrayed by the Canadian court in the name of political correctnessIt is hard to imagine that such things happen let alone in the West It is even harder to learn that the West allows and even supports it I will not say much about the appalling abuse the author has survived – you can read about it yourselves I will rather mention some of the takeaways for me from this bookThe first is how wannabe feminists liberals are failing those who need them most in the name of PC cultural sensitivity religious freedom How they are being nothing but racist out of fear to be perceived as such If a child is white she should be protected from abuse But if she is brown of Middle Eastern or foreign origin then let her be abused They only care about women and LGBT rights as long as fundamental religious feelings are not concerned When white western women of Christian descent are abused it is wrong; when it happens to Muslim brown Middle Eastern or immigrant women it's their culturePeople who want to consider themselves liberal should avoid double standards People who claim to oppose racism should apply the same standard to all people of all races All little girls bruise regardless of ethnicity All women girls should be protected not only white ones Denying some girls protection because of their ethnicity or culture is nothing but racism Cultural sensitivity is hurting minorities within minorities eg women LGBT living in Muslim communities Saying that abuse is ok if it is done by someone from a foreign culture or within a minority community is actually saying that it is ok to hurt a person as long as they are Muslim in this caseThe case when the narrator was denied protection by the authorities and handed back to her abuser to keep abusing her is just one example of the general mindset of pseudo liberals pseudo feminists Another one is the typical reaction of the liberals to any attempt to criticize or reform the state of affairs in the East Muslim majority counties People doing so are often labeled Islamophobic or racist even when they are themselves Muslim or represent an ethnic minority Western often white people feel entitled to tell them what they should and shouldn't say about their own cultures Do they really believe that only western women deserve rights progress while others shouldn't even try to reform their societies? Who are they to tell women of Islamic background that criticizing their own culture is racist?Another takeaway is the following With no legitimate problems to overcome they young Western women invented problems so they could fulfill their desire to solve them When there seem to be no real issues for them to solve they make some up But there are real problems for them to solve They just don't want to address some issues out of fear so they invent some fake ones to look busy and distract themselves others from their inactivity This way they look like activists without having to do any real work without the risk of facing any real potentially dangerous conseuences Unlike the ones they betray They celebrate the brave Western feminists of the past yet ignore contemporary feminists in the East True feminism liberalism must be global we can't fight abusive practices in the West while supporting them in the EastThe author brings up the role of the internet social media in connecting with other people getting information and transforming lives With internet as common as it is today ignorance is now a choice The books reminds us that these ideas of misogyny homophobia and hate travel across borders People who move to another country do not magically change their mentality once they cross the border It is important to not demonize the entire faith but we should not let our fear of sounding insensitive make us betray Muslim liberals liberals in the Muslim world We should not allow them be tortured and abused their voice to be silenced in the name of political correctness cultural sensitivity fear of hurting someone's feelings Living people should be important than religious sentiments Criticism does not eual 'hate' Pointing out the negative aspects of a system of belief is not bigotry Denying someone protection from abuse justified by that belief is bigotryLet us come together on the basis of ideas not identities

  4. Jeff Jeff says:

    In the acknowledgements in Unveiled How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam Yasmine Mohammed thanks Ben Affleck most of all for his off the rails tirade on Bill Maher's show Real Time for inspiring her to take up activism and ultimately write this book Affleck called fellow guest Sam Harris' strong criticism of Islam not Muslims gross and racist Since when is criticizing a religion racist? No matter whose side you fall on this book is worth reading Once started it is hard to put down The book’s notes state that it is part Infidel I need to read this and part The Handmaid's Tale She pulls no punches in her criticism of fundamentalist Islam and western liberals who fail to recognize the true nature of how these unenlightened patriarchal societies treat women I've heard Yasmine on a couple of podcasts so I knew bits of her story prior to starting the book Although she was born in Canada she was raised in a strict fundamentalist Islamic home She ended up moving to and from Egypt a few times growing up as she was subject to the whims of her highly irrational mother Her mother and fathers referred to as uncles in Canada where a woman can only have one husband were very strict and were advocates of corporal punishment on parts of the body where teachers couldn't see the marks and mental abuse all in the name of and in accordance to Islamic laws The slightest mistake would be enough to trigger a flogging usually with hands and legs tied and one time hanging from a hook Seriously Life didn't get easier as a teenager and young adult under her mother's roof Her mother treated her as an enemy Imagine having someone who says they hate you pick your future spouse The chapters about her life in Egypt as a young Muslim girl were eually interesting and poignant Much of her life story is hard to read You'll cringe when you read what happens after a teacher in Canada discovers that she is being physically abused Spoiler alert human rights abuses are OK if they are cultural normsIn addition to telling her life story Yasmine attempts to shed light on the uaran which I've never read but should and in the final chapter Hope she calls out the western liberals who are doing harm than good by not addressing the harm done to women who are treated as property in these radical patriarchal societies My favorite uote from this chapter is as follows Barbie once a beacon of femininity and feminism now dons a hijab so she won't entice men who might rape her Marks Spencer one of the UK's largest department stores and Banana Republic sell hijabs for girls The free West where these brave girls used to look to as a beacon of light and hope is supporting their oppressors and ultimately fighting against their progress In Saudi Arabia woman are burning their niabs In Iran women tie their hijabs on sticks and way them silently defiantly in the streets as they are arrested in droves In the West we put a Nike swoosh on hijabs Five stars for this brutal eye opening book What an strong and brave woman

  5. Mars Cheung Mars Cheung says:

    An important book that deals with an issue that must be discussed in an ethically responsible fashionI heard about Yasmine's story a year or so ago via online discussions in a variety of podcasts I was familiar with some aspects of it with regards to her dealings with religious dogma and her journey both towards atheism and a free life here in the West The read was an extremely difficult one as she detailed out significant events of her life dealing with the abusehorror stemming forth from Islamic fundamentalism The sad thing is that her story is not a uniue one with many other women subject to the same conditions that made her life a living hell The book is an extremely important read as it shines a light on those suffering under human rights abuses in the name of religion Between the outright bigotry on the political Right and self righteous sanctimony on the Lefthence the title necessary conversations regarding Islam that must be discussed in nuance have become nearly impossible In addition to Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel this book is a way to stir the conversation forward in a defense of both the people who do not fall into the fundamentalist camp and the liberal values of free thought feminism and religious freedom we hold dear in the West Highly recommended read

  6. Mikey B. Mikey B. says:

    As a young girl Yasmine had a horrid upbringing Her mother was relentlessly oppressive psychologically and physically She actually got married against her will and had a child daughter thinking that finally her mother would accept her – maybe even love her She finally after many years realized that this was never going to happen – and gathering all her strength and her daughter – leftIt took her several years to reconstruct herself and to realize the paradigm of Islam and the familiar severe constraints that had surrounded her was all a mirage She removed her bura and then her hijabAs she mentions if she had not been raised in a Western democratic city Vancouver Canada this breakthrough and liberation would have been far difficult indeed lethalShe upbraids Western society for providing too many exceptions to the Islamic religion As she says page 270 “Religious rights cannot supersede human rights” As a young teenager in high school she appealed to the authorities via her high school to be placed in a foster home because of the brutality physical beatings and sexual abuse that was inflicted on her by her mother and step father She wanted desperately to leave this horrible situation but was refused The “authorities” gave the reason that corporal punishment was permissible in certain “cultures” As she says if she had been from a culturally “Canadian” household she would have been removed to outside care and criminal charges could have been brought against her mother and step fatherI could not help feeling as I was reading this that not all Muslims undergo an upbringing that the author underwent The last time I was at the hospital I was interviewed and examined by a young female Muslim intern whose parents obviously valued her and educated herBut this is a powerful account of young girl who maintained her individuality and developed the resilience when she became an adult to escape her cultish rigid upbringingPage 39 my book In whatever culture if Islam is the dominant religion there are variations of the word eib shame being spat at girlsGirls are all hearing this because the families honour lies with the girls in the family – specifically between the legs of the girls in the familyGirls are how the level of a man’s or his family’s honour is measured The control he has over his wife and daughters the honourable he is It is his responsibility to guard his family’s honour by making sure the women in the family dress modestly by covering themselves up in hijab and that they act honourably by keeping their voices low keeping their eyes downcast by being demure The most important aspect of honour is a girl’s virginity It must be guarded at all costs Girls must not ride bikes horses or engage in sports lest the hymen break

  7. Jasper Burns Jasper Burns says:

    I picked up this book after listening to Yasmine on Sam Harris’s Making Sense podcast Halfway through that podcast I sent it to my family Immediately finishing it I picked up her book Thirty six hours later I finished it What a compelling story one much in the vein of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel Most terrifying is she endured many of Ayaan’s worst troubles but in Western Canada not Somalia These stories of women living in devout Muslim households are always heartbreaking The pain of that ideology was all the amplified by a psychotic motherAlso heartbreaking was the Canadian system’s inability to help her Sexual misconduct severe domestic abuse and general oppression were ignored due to the unfortunate support for moral relativism Yasmine clearly and passionately paints the picture that those most wanting to undermine racism are those perpetuating it the Canadian government would have uickly extricated a white child from such an abusive household but because Yasmine was Arab such abuse was legally permitted Different treatment based on race—is this not the definition of racism?In her words “People in Muslim majority countries are just trying to progress their culture in the same way Western culture have You have been able to abolish slavery You have been able to fight for women’s euality We just want to do the same Why is it that when we try to progress suddenly it’s a bad thing? We get called Islamophobic for criticizing Sharia and pushing for change Why should we have to retain our misogynist homophobic cultures? Cultures are meant to be changed with human progress That is not a bad thing It was not a bad thing for you and it is not a bad thing for us”While this is and important message and subtitled on the book “How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam” these notes were secondary to the immersive and honest biographical narrative You follow her from childhood on as she shares her most private thoughts This is to include those which are naive and embarrassing in hindsight She discusses her handicap in much of what it's like to live a normal life and her slow triumph to recover decades laterYasmine’s story is not a typical one; I’d guess a small minority of Canadian Muslims go so far as to dress with full niab But many of her experiences are not atypical either especially for women in Islamic nations Uncountable #freefromhijab tweets and similar stories underline the oppression that women feel the world over Blatant double standards objectification and persecution of women are not uncommon and are often the norm in many of these countries; she cites research that 993% of Egyptian women report being sexually harassed The Pew research on Sharia and apostasy which I've read elsewhere are likewise jaw droppingYou should read this book It is one of my favorites this year If you will not please at least listen to Yasmine on Episode 175 of Making Sense You will not regret it View my best reviews and a collection of my mental models at jasperburnsblog

  8. Nafiza Nafiza says:

    The style and honesty are worth two stars It's that the author takes horrible instances of abuse and claims it's all of Islamic thought behind it rather than the parent's abuse and sect behind it It paints a biased look that instead of focusing on the horrors of abuse and abuse of religion pushes a stereotype weaponized by all sides To say my Muslim parents abused me greatly and this is what I want people to understand is entirely on the level Claiming all families are like the authors and saying because Islamfuels lies and hate

  9. Alex Donnachie Alex Donnachie says:

    More of a book about her life and experiences than the social commentary I was expecting However the former was possibly impactful on me as it happened in my own backyard; Canada It’s easier to read about how bad things are when it’s not happening in your own world This book is a real eye opener and I think it would do a lot of people good to read this At the very least it presents a second side to the debate one that is often drowned out in PC culture

  10. Dan Graser Dan Graser says:

    Oof Reading the life of Canadian ex Muslim activist Yasmine Mohammed is uite affirming in the power of personal strength and the reformative perdurance of reason but also a wake up backhand when it comes to the inadvertently censorious nature of discussions of Islam faced by the true reformers within the religion and culture These thoughts have also been well articulated by Ali Rizvi Asra Nomani Maajid Nawaz and Yasmine Mohammed contributes a harrowing personal account of these issuesGrowing up in a fundamentalist household with a depraved mother depraved polygamous and vacant father constant physical and psychological abuse abandonment literally abandoned in Egypt at one point constant demonization all culminated in a forced marriage to an Al aeda operative no this is not an exaggeration This story is told in a very direct and raw fashion that not only serves to make the notion of this happening in a Western society Canada all the shocking but also admittedly is being used as a cathartic experience for the author Good for her and we are all better for being able to understand at least a portion of this experience The concluding notions on how to properly engage with this issue especially for those of us who have no place identity or history in that culturereligion and the resources available to those who feel trapped in the same manner the author did will likely have an ameliorative effect for many The temerarious tendencies of many when discussing this issue results in this either devolving into sheer bigotry or just being an undiscussed hot button issue Yasmine Mohammed breathes an air of fresh fire into this debate and does so with a personal story that we all wish couldn't still be true but needs to be heard

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