I want to warn readers of the book Infidel that there is domestic violence all over the early part of the book. We are used to the most obvious one cases fathers beating their children. The reason these cases get headlines is they can be severe. The most common form of domestic violence is women beating their children.
The book has all type of violence and the exception to this rule was the authors father who was more evolved than the rest of the family. The author is beaten constantly through out the first six chapters by her mother and grandmother. The grandmother is the person responsable for the authors clitorectomy.
The book takes one through Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Eithiopia, Kenya and eventually to Europe. Ali's mother is a dedicated Muslimand constantly enforcing brutal discipline. This discipline continues in the educational system and even into daily life with other children.
Most of us are well aware that in third world countries violence against women is a real and sadly accepted part of life. However, many of those that are brutalized in turn mistreat their children. The cycle continues in generation after generation. Nor am I talking about mere spanking. This violence includes beatings with objects such as sticks.
There are pointed scenes in the book where Ali's father denounces this violence as backwardness. However, Ali's father has a dream of freeing his country from the misrule of a forgotten Communist tyrant.
Those of you who are disturbed by frequent beatings should not read this book. No doubt Justin or perhaps Warren might point out that it may be needed to understand the mindset of those who fill the Jihadi ranks.