Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Challenge of Progressive Critique

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The news that Brandeis University cancelled the honorary degree it was planning to give Ayaan Hirsi Ali has raised a storm of controversy. On one sideĀ  were Muslims applauding the move as an apt recognition that Ali's narrative was, if not Islamophobic in itself, fodder for the cannons of the rabid Islamophobic right. On the other were those protesting that the withdrawal represented a betrayal of freedom of speech and a cowardly retreat in face of the howling of religious … [Read more...]


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