Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancels Australia tour over ‘security concerns’


A former Dutch MP and prominent critic of conservative Islam, Ayaan Hirsi Ali,is going to visit Australia to appear on TV on Monday. But she cancelled the tour after she received death threats from few days.

“[She] hopes to be able to return to Australia in the not too distant future,” Think Inc said in a statement.

About 2,000 tickets had been sold for the speaking events in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

About Ayaan Hirsi Ali:

She was granted asylum in the Netherlands in 1992, and was elected as an MP in 2003.

Ms Hirsi Ali rose to international attention in 2004 as the writer of a controversial film on violence against Muslim women, Submission, after her collaborator, filmmaker Theo van Gogh, was murdered by a radical Islamist.

Having received repeated death threats over her challenges to Islam’s treatment of women, Ms Hirsi Ali spent time living under 24-hour police guard.

She then moved to the United States, where she has maintained a high profile.

In an article for the Hoover Institution last month, Ms Hirsi Ali described what she called “political Islam” as being not just a religion but “a political ideology, a legal order, and in many ways also a military doctrine associated with the campaigns of the Prophet Muhammad”.

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