Prey Immigration, Islam, and the erosion of women's rights

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, 1969-

Book - 2021

Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe's cities? Because almost no one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrants--most of them young men--from Muslim-majority countries. In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal cases and personal testimony. She shows that, after a period when sexual violence in western Europe bar...ely increased, after 2014 it surged. In Germany "offences against sexual self-determination" in 2018 were 36% above their 2014 level. Nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German. Asylum seekers were suspects in 11% of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases in Austria in 2017, despite making up less than 1% of the total population. This violence isn't a figment of alt-right propaganda. It's a real problem that Europe--and the world--cannot continue to ignore.

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Published
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers [2021]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
xix, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-311) and index.
ISBN
9780062857873
0062857878
Main Author
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, 1969- (author)
  • Part I : the unsafe streets. The clock turns back ; The fifth wave ; Sexual violence by numbers ; Taharrush Gamea (the rape game) comes to Europe ; How women's rights are being eroded ; Is the law an ass?
  • Part II : the European establishment abrogates responsibility for women's safety. Actions have consequences ; The broken windows of liberal justice ; The playbook of denial ; The feminist predicament
  • Part III : clashing civilizations, revisited. The modesty doctrine ; Culture clash ; Why integration has not happened ; The integration industry and its failure ; Grooming gangs
  • Part IV : solutions, fake and real. "For you who are married to a child" ; The populist problem ; A new approach to integration ; The road to Gilead.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Somali-born Dutch American activist, feminist, author, scholar, and former politician, Hirsi Ali is no stranger to controversy. Famous for her best-selling autobiography, Infidel (2007), and her manifesto on the reformation of Islam, Heretic (2015), Hirsi Ali now grapples with another subject that many other writers and commentators are hesitant to approach, namely the growing sexual harassment and sexual violence in Western Europe and the eradication of women's rights. Hirsi Ali examines how an increase in Islamic immigrant populations is transforming the culture and sexual politics of various European countries. While the #MeToo movement has seen big Hollywood names face justice for their crimes against women, and fourth-wave feminists advocate for better representation of women in politics, entertainment, and business, Hirsi Ali argues that the basic human freedoms won in first-wave feminism are under attack and nobody is talking about it. By presenting her thorough research methods and findings, which include many descriptions of violent sexual assault, Hirsi Ali offers strong evidence for her bound-to-be contentious claims in this in-depth and harrowing volume.Women in Focus: The 19th in 2020 Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Courting controversy as she did with New York Times best sellers Infidel, Nomad, and Heretic, Ali, the well-known Somali-born Dutch American women's rights activist and free speech advocate, argues that Muslim immigrants must not be allowed to bring the harmful and regressive gender attitudes of Islamic extremism to the West. She points especially to an increase in sexual violence in European cities, which she blames on immigrants, urging Western feminists not to turn their heads. With a 75,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Somali-born political activist Hirsi Ali (Heretic) argues in this contentious account that liberal immigration policies have led to an influx of young Muslim men bringing regressive cultural ideas and sexual violence to Europe. She blames German chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 suspension of European Union asylum protocols for Syrian refugees, and the criminality of failed asylum seekers, for increases in sexual violence in Germany; accuses European politicians of hiding crime data out of fear of losing liberal support; and argues that local law enforcement is too soft and unprepared to deal with sexually violent gangs. Western feminists don't understand the regressiveness of traditional Muslim attitudes toward women, Hirsi Ali claims, or comprehend that basic public safety is a feminist issue. She also explains modesty culture and attacks Muslim immigrants for creating "parallel societies" and utilizing state welfare rather than productively integrating into European communities. Her proposed solutions include changing the asylum system to better assess immigrants' likelihood to assimilate, tightening border patrols, and European military involvement in Iraq and Syria. Though she paints Islam with a broad and overly negative brush and risks intensifying anti-Muslim xenophobia, Hirsi Ali provides valuable, gut-wrenching testimony from victims of sexual violence. This harrowing polemic is sure to spark controversy. (Feb.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The New York Times bestselling author of Infidel, Nomad, and Heretic argues that waves of Muslim immigration are transforming sexual politics in Europe in ways that threaten to undermine the hard-won rights of Western women"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The New York Times best-selling author of Infidel, Nomad and Heretic analyzes how waves of Islamic immigration are ushering in massive cultural changes and transforming sexual politics in Western Europe. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe's cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrants'most of them young men'from Muslim-majority countries.In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal cases and personal testimony.  Among these facts: In 2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, 'offences against sexual self-determination' rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German. In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases, despite making up less than 1 percent of the total population. This violence isn't a figment of alt-right propaganda, Hirsi Ali insists, even if neo-Nazis exaggerate it. It's a real problem that Europe'and the world'cannot continue to ignore. She explains why so many young Muslim men who arrive in Europe engage in sexual harassment and violence, tracing the roots of sexual violence in the Muslim world from institutionalized polygamy to the lack of legal and religious protections for women. A refugee herself, Hirsi Ali is not against immigration. As a child in Somalia, she suffered female genital mutilation; as a young girl in Saudi Arabia, she was made to feel acutely aware of her own vulnerability. Immigration, she argues, requires integration and assimilation. She wants Europeans to reform their broken system'and for Americans to learn from European mistakes. If this doesn't happen, the calls to exclude new Muslim migrants from Western countries will only grow louder. Deeply researched and featuring fresh and often shocking revelations, Prey uncovers a sexual assault and harassment crisis in Europe that is turning the clock on women's rights much further back than the #MeToo movement is advancing it.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Why are so few people talking about the eruption of sexual violence and harassment in Europe’s cities? No one in a position of power wants to admit that the problem is linked to the arrival of several million migrants—most of them young men—from Muslim-majority countries.In Prey, the best-selling author of Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, presents startling statistics, criminal cases and personal testimony.  Among these facts: In 2014, sexual violence in Western Europe surged following a period of stability. In 2018 Germany, “offences against sexual self-determination” rose 36 percent from their 2014 rate; nearly two-fifths of the suspects were non-German. In Austria in 2017, asylum-seekers were suspects in 11 percent of all reported rapes and sexual harassment cases, despite making up less than 1 percent of the total population. This violence isn’t a figment of alt-right propaganda, Hirsi Ali insists, even if neo-Nazis exaggerate it. It’s a real problem that Europe—and the world—cannot continue to ignore. She explains why so many young Muslim men who arrive in Europe engage in sexual harassment and violence, tracing the roots of sexual violence in the Muslim world from institutionalized polygamy to the lack of legal and religious protections for women. A refugee herself, Hirsi Ali is not against immigration. As a child in Somalia, she suffered female genital mutilation; as a young girl in Saudi Arabia, she was made to feel acutely aware of her own vulnerability. Immigration, she argues, requires integration and assimilation. She wants Europeans to reform their broken system—and for Americans to learn from European mistakes. If this doesn’t happen, the calls to exclude new Muslim migrants from Western countries will only grow louder. Deeply researched and featuring fresh and often shocking revelations, Prey uncovers a sexual assault and harassment crisis in Europe that is turning the clock on women’s rights much further back than the #MeToo movement is advancing it.