“Islam” means “submission to the will of Allah”, a doctrine which requires from the individual to become a slave. In my view, it’s bad. Islam limits the imagination to what you can find in the Koran and to follow in the example of the prophet Mohammed. I think that’s bad and that’s what keeps people in the Islamic world backward. Islam treats women, at least says, subordinates to men, is obsessed with obedience calls, for the murder of gays and adulterers, and is therefore very violent and inhuman, all this is in the Koran, all this is in the Hadif, and anywhere that Islamic Sha’ria or Islamic rule is implemented, you see that these things are carried out.
But aren’t there many versions of Islam? She argues no:
Islam as a faith as a doctrine, defined by what’s in the Koran and by the example of Mohammed and unreformed, unchallenged, is a monolith.
And defending America against her interviewer’s homegrown American cynicism:
I read Alex de Tocqueville and I read about democracy and I lived in countries that had no democracy, that had no founding fathers, that could not have invented [it]. So I do not find myself in the same luxury as you. You grew up in freedom, and you can spit on freedom because you do not know what it is not to have freedom. I haven’t. I know there are many things wrong with America and I know there are many things that are wrong with Americans, but I still believe it is the best nation in the world.
Ayaan’s books are Infidel, The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam, and, her newest, Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations.