• Unveiled

  • How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam
  • By: Yasmine Mohammed
  • Narrated by: Yasmine Mohammed
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (201 ratings)

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel meets The Handmaid's Tale.

Since September 11, 2001, the Western world has been preoccupied with Islam and its role in terrorism. Yet, public debate about the faith is polarized. One camp praises "the religion of peace", while the other claims all Muslims are terrorists. Canadian human rights activist Yasmine Mohammed believes both sides are dangerously wrong.

In Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam, Yasmine speaks her truth as a woman born in the Western world yet raised in a fundamentalist Islamic home. Despite being a first-generation Canadian, she never felt at home in the West. And even though she attended Islamic schools and wore the hijab since age nine, Yasmine never fit in with her Muslim family, either. With one foot in each world, Yasmine is far enough removed from both to see them objectively, yet close enough to see them honestly.

Part Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Infidel, part The Handmaid's Tale, Yasmine's memoir takes listeners into a world few Westerners are privy to. As a college educator for over 15 years, Yasmine's goal is to unveil the truth. Is FGM Islamic or cultural? Is the hijab forced or a choice? Is ISIS a representation of "true" Islam or a radical corruption? And why is there so much conflicting information? Like most insular communities, the Islamic world has both an "outside voice" and an "inside voice". It's all but impossible for bystanders to get a straight answer.

Without telling anyone what to believe, Unveiled navigates the rhetoric and guides truth-seekers through media narratives, political correctness, and outright lies while encouraging listeners to come to their own conclusions.

©2019 Yasmine Mohammed (P)2019 Yasmine Mohammed

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Best Ex-Muslim Memoir Since Hirsi Ali’s “Infidel”

***May Contain Spoilers***

Every human rights advocate, humanist, and progressive should read “Unveiled”, and it is telling that mainstream media does not elevate this book and praise its author from the rooftops (contrast the silence around Yasmine with the glowing reception of Megan Phelps Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church).

Yasmine begins her story describing the cruel and unbearable treatment she endured as a child in a strict fundamentalist Muslim “family”. I put family in quotations because-- as Yasmine herself states-- she never had a true family as a child. Her mother had readily traded any maternal instinct she may have had for religious zealotry, and was complicit in the abuse Yasmine received by her uncle and (later) her jihadist husband. Her sister, Yasmine states, was a drone. Mindlessly carrying out her tasks and accepting-- with glee-- her “role” in Islam where she did not have to think or worry about life’s big questions, and her brother was unstable.

Yasmine had no one.

Even more angering is the impotent response Yasmine received from the Canadian justice system when she first tried to escape. Her abuse, a court decided, was a “cultural issue”.

I won’t lie, I haven’t so thoroughly despised a character in nonfiction more than Yasmine’s mother since Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List. As if Yasmine's childhood was not traumatizing enough, her mother exerts such a strong psychological control over her in early adulthood that she’s forced to marry an Al-Qaeda fighter (who the mother was also trying to have an affair with). This woman was a criminal, and she escaped justice.

What I love about this book, and particularly the audio version, is how the reader feels the emotions along with Yasmine. As cliche as this statement is, you really do feel as if you are there, as her, experiencing everything. When she finally breaks free then-- of Islam, of fundamentalism, of her terrible mother-- you breathe this huge sigh of relief as if it’s your life. Can’t recommend this book highly enough. If you’ve enjoyed other memoirs like Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s “Infidel”, Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s Ashes”, or Ta Nehisi Coates’ “Between The World & Me”, “Unveiled” is for you.

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Story of triumph of freedom

The memoir is an inspiration for anyone stuck in a tough place to get out. Reminds me of Ayaan Hirsi Ali Carolyn Jessop (Escape) and another one of an escape from the cult of Scientology.
Comparatively our mundane troubles seem trivial when these women overcome Herculean obstacles to attain freedom. It’s unbelievable that this is happening in this day and age!

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Read or listen to this book... NOW.

I've been a follower of Yasmine on Twitter for a while now. I've seen many an interview she's given and loved the well-spoken, succinct way in which she speaks on the subject of not only hijab, but of true feminism in general, across the religious and ideological spectrum. In following her and learning of her story, I was amazed at how similar our life experiences are to a degree; she, an ex-Muslim, and I, as an admittedly lax (and stubborn) Jewish woman with a feminist bent, with a customarily "traditional" ethnic Jewish family. What can be said about this book, except, MIND BLOWN.

I'd planned on getting a hard copy of this book, but given that I love Yasmine's ability to thoroughly convey her message with her voice, I opted for the audio book. I'm so glad I did, The passion with which she read her own words made me as the listener run through the gamut of emotions; from anger to outrage; disappointment and sadness; (which led to the inevitable tears); to points of wry laughter and saying, "I know, right?! and, "Tell me about it."

What I loved about this book is that it was as if Yasmine was right there with you, taking you into her confidence and treating you as her trusted friend, as she poured out her heart and soul. She doesn't talk *at* you, but *to* you, in the sincere hopes that you'd take all she says in with an open heart and an open mind, This included researched facts and figures, as well as references to real world news examples of women who have fallen real victim to "the death shroud", as she calls it; especially at the hands of those that these women were supposed to depend on, but instead lived in fear of. Because she is so thorough, however, she also made mention of the men and boys who have also suffered at the hands of Islam-- whether it be through being LGBT or through apostasy--both of which are punishable by death.

There was many a point in my day of listening that I wished I could hug her, and reassure her that she was not alone. And indeed she isn't, I commend Yasmine for having both the bravery and the courage to write and narrate this book, It takes a good amount of both to be willing to open that obviously *very* sensitive Pandora's box, especially among Muslims themselves, who are so conditioned and indoctrinated through a fear of "G_d", that they follow blindly. Those that do question, unfortunately suffer in silence, fearing being ostracized by both family and community at large. It is these people that must be shown the light/ empowered.

Instead, Yasmine points out that Western feminists, the far Left and corporations, in their attempts to veil their own racism and/or assuage their own guilt, have made the hijab into a symbol of "beauty" and "empowerment" here at home, while brave women around the world are being imprisoned for decades, tortured, and even killed for daring to remove it. Yasmine closes her book by pointing out this dangerous hypocrisy. Religious modesty is NOT feminism, nor does it protect one from being raped or subject to violence or slut shaming. When the ultimate goal of fundamentalist religion is subjugation and surrender, no society can be TRULY free.

Love you, Yasmine. 10 stars.

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phenomenal

the narrator is the author herself with a touching story of all the demons she faced.

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Interesting story with good narration

Other books go more into religious issues but this is a much more personal story. I think what made this book stand out to me is the Yasmine Mohammed's reading, and especially when giving voice to her mother. It could have been a much more depressing book, but some of those parts were hilarious.

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Breathtakingly good

I started this book yesterday morning and couldn’t do anything else throughout the weekend until I finished it. The book is fantastic. I could relate to countless situations from the book. It was engaging and heartwarming. It must have been incredibly difficult to write though.

I’m grateful she came out and wrote this wonderful book to educate and open the eyes of the world.

Great job yasmine. You are truly a hero.

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Breathtaking

I read this book in one day, I could not stop listening. I’m of Jewish descent and no longer practicing, the parallels are sad.

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Brave, raw and heartbreaking

Full credit needs to be given to Yasmine Mohammed because digging up a childhood past from a dysfunctional family filled with tribal traditions and religious fundamentalism is exceedingly hard and painful. You can hear the suffering of years past in her voice when she reads parts of this, which means it was real. A real warning for Western society as well. Too many people in the west are ignorant about the dangers of radical Islam. Scarily enough, most of her childhood happened in the West, hence the title, “How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam.” I won’t divulge how she was betrayed by certain authorities and people in power, you can read for yourself. In fact, I strongly suggest you do. A lightbulb may go on over your head. Unfortunately the book shines a light towards an ideology Westerners couldn’t comprehend, and is completely foreign and anathema to the enlightenment, freedom and independent thought. Westerners think that all religions are the same? What absolute fools! Do you think 9/11 came out of a vacuum? Have you ever wondered why there are so many terror attacks in the name of Muhammad and Islam? Yasmine provides a firsthand look inside the dysfunction of fundamental Islam because she lived it. She lived it, recovered and changed. If people are uneducated enough to attack her as racist or Islamophobic, they only succeed in making themselves look completely stupid and ignorant. This is an enlightening look at what goes on inside an Islamic family stuck 1400 years ago in time, with tribal, archaic, abusive practices and traditions the norm. The only caveat I would make is that not all Muslim families are like hers, there are a good many freedom loving Muslims in the West. The concern of the book is showcasing what goes on with a good many clergy and radicals under the Islamic umbrella. Again, there’s a range of Muslims, you can’t paint them all with a bad brush. The concern here is the ideology and mindset of not only the radicals, but those who support the radicals, and those who subscribe to the ideology without being violent. That unfortunately, is a large percentage of the worldwide Islamic population. The only reservation I have about the book is that Yasmine could’ve expanded more on examples of how so many in the west (not just authorities) didn’t protect her and why so many are ignorant about the ideology of radical Islam, and also what more people can do about it and be aware. How she was able to break free from all of it, deprogram, heal and grow I’ll never know. It shows the resiliency of the human spirit. Again, full credit goes to the author. She’s taken a lot of heat because of her stance, healing, honesty and commitment to self-growth. So go Yasmine go!

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  • 09-22-22

Read this Book

It is moving, sad, inspirational, optimistic...everything, all the feels, as the kids say. People need to read books like this to understand the darkness in this world (Under the Banner of Heaven, In Order to Live, and Infidel among the others). Her courage and bravery is unimaginable to me. We need new words to describe her because courage and bravery are used so often that they are too watered down to describe Yasmine.

It's only 7 hours. I'm sure it could have easily been 14. So just listen to it. Her story deserves to be known.

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Life Altering

Yasmine's brutal life story needs to be shared. don't shut away from the horror that was her childhood. Listen to her and absorb her words. And then take action.

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  • 08-13-20

Heartbreaking.

Everybody and particularly western rights campaigners should listen to this woman's life journey. My heart was breaking for you and I learned so much listening to your journey. I'm so pleased you have managed to come out the other side.

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  • 08-31-22

fabulous

loved it . dealing with men who have a religious mandate to beat you and control you . I hope this book helps liberals to wake up to is-lame.

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  • Mr C.I Lomas
  • 08-17-22

Courage beyond measure

A story of human spiritual endurance in the face of physical and mental oppression enforced by torture, brutality and spite.
Yasmine overcomes the pain, the humiliation the sad desperation to triumph; where many would give up capitulate or worse. Yasmine shows what courage and love really mean.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-22

DO NOT LISTEN- PROPAGANDA

the audible is ok, The author universalises her experience as though it were the norm. How many Muslim women actually marry someone who was a member of a terrorist group? I brought this not knowing who she is, I ought to have known better.

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  • 11-14-21

Excellent

A heart wrenching story but also a strong call to arms to anyone who believes in true equality. We should all shake off the low expectations of our supposed progressivism, outwardly question the unequal practices of Islam and stand alongside our sisters.

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  • Marta Orlowicz
  • 11-08-21

Waiste of time and money

The content of the book has nothing to do with its title. Badly written, chaotic, full of inconsistencies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-21

Amazingly Brave

I cried while reading this book for the first time and I still struggled while listening to it hear here as well because I have been through similar experiences as Yasmine. I am so sorry she had to live through all of this, it's very hard. I can't believe how brave she is to speak up on those issues knowing she will definitely offend people and make them uncomfortable. I loved every bit of her story and I know for a fact that there is a lot of things she didn't mention. I wish her the best in everything she does and I am so proud of her and her bravery.

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  • 07-12-21

Uncomfortable truths

When we reach outside of our bubble of comfort and confront issues that have global relevance, it increases gratitude. A courageous woman who has inspired me.

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  • 01-07-21

Eye opening and personal

its a personal story of the author but eye opening for "western" readers

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  • 01-04-21

what am eye opener

highly recommended, challenging topic but delivered in a way that felt accessible, relatable and enlightening.

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  • 09-17-21

Heartbreaking yet awe inspiring

A detailed story told with chilling honesty. Essential reading for women all over the world

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  • Nagaraju Dharani
  • 11-19-20

Rivetingly sad!

Excellent narration! Had to complete the listen in 3 sessions. Fully support her sentiments. Canada - wake up, you guys have allowed the aazaan I hear; good luck!

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  • K-2
  • 08-05-20

Heartbreaking

This is Yasmine autobiography, showing her character strength and the negative impact religious fanaticism can have in a person. Highly recommended to everyone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-20

Thankyou

great. thankyou Yasmine and congratulations. an autobiography that is a real eye opener, while I was familiar with other horror stories I learned about racism in a different way hearing it from you, rather than from the woke.

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  • Jo Palmer
  • 05-28-20

Heart wrenching tale from abuse to freedom

This was a heart wrenching story from a brave woman. It was sometimes difficult to listen to her testament of the abuse she endured, but however uncomfortable it made me feel, I knew I owed it to the author to give her my full attention and not dismiss it.

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  • Amazonian
  • 02-22-20

Makes you so angry at western leftists.

You want to know what real racism looks like? look at the left of politics for the damage they cause.