Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Narrated By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: March 2015

Duration: 8 hours 57 minutes


Continuing her very personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard, the brilliant, charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail #1 bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for an Islamic Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism and sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities.
Today, the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims can be divided into a minority of fundamentalists, a majority of observant “daily” Muslims and a few dissidents who risk their lives by questioning their own religion. But there is only one Islam and, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues, there is no denying that some of its key teachings—like the subordination of women and the duty to wage holy war—are incompatible with the values of a free society. 
For centuries it has seemed as if Islam is immune to change. But Hirsi Ali has come to believe that a “Reformation”—a revision of Islamic doctrine aimed at reconciling the religion with modernity—is now at hand, and may even have begun. The Arab Spring may now seem like a political failure. But its challenge to traditional authority revealed a new readiness—not least by Muslim women—to think freely and to speak out.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want change. Courageously challenging the fundamentalists, she identifies five key amendments to Islamic doctrine that must be made in order to set Muslims free from their 7th-century chains. Interweaving her own experiences, historical analogies and powerful examples from contemporary Islamic societies and cultures, Heretic is not a call to arms, but a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new era of toleration.


  • Will Takahashi

    An excellent book written by an insightful, eloquent, and as some others have pointed out, courageous writer. In her book Ayaan took on Islamic extremists, bigoted far right elements as well as the so called "regressive leftists"; while offering plenty of encouragement for true liberalists both inside and outside of Islam. If you feel like you have unanswered questions, or questions answered unsatisfactorily, about groups such as IS, the ineffective responses of the west, the rising tide of reformation within Islam itself, you could do much worse than reading this book. I personally enjoyed Ayaan's narration thoroughly. It is a nice touch to hear the book narrated by its very author

  • Pamela Ferry

    Courageous truth speaker - proposing a rational solution to the problem of radical Muslim

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