Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the individual within Islam…

THis is a superb piece of radio. There’s lot’s of good stuff in it, especially a discussion of Shakespeare’s Histories at the end, which asks whether in an age of informal speech contemporary actors can carry the rhetorical dialogue of Kings with any conviction. But if you are short of time, just listen to Philip Dodd in conversation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about her book The Caged Virgin. Not least in what she says about the capacity of Islam both to modernise and retain its essence. She’s also critical of, what she argues, is the supremacy of the collective in Islam, which at its worst blots out the right of individuals to find their own voice. Whilst this may feel remote from contemporary Ireland, Islam is one of the island’s fastest growing religions (though Orthodox Christianity has grown exponentially).

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