Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and founder of the AHA Foundation. She served as a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006.
She was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969. In 1992, Ayaan fled to the Netherlands to escape a forced marriage. From 2003 to 2006, Ayaan served as an elected member of the Dutch Parliament. While in Parliament, she focused on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society, and on defending the rights of Muslim women.
In 2007, Ayaan founded the AHA Foundation to protect and defend the rights of women in the US from harmful traditional practices. Today, the Foundation is the leading organization working to end honor violence that shames, hurts, or kills thousands of women and girls in the U.S. each year, and puts millions more at risk.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” of 2005, one of the Glamour Heroes of 2005 and Reader’s Digest‘s European of the Year for 2005. She is the best-selling author of Infidel (2007) and Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (2015). In 2017, Hoover Press published her booklet The Challenge of Dawa: Political Islam as Ideology and Movement and How to Counter It. Her next book Prey will be published by Harper Collins in 2020.
“The right to think, to speak, and to write in freedom and without fear is ultimately a more sacred thing than any religion.”