Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Dutch feminist and political writer, daughter of the Somali warlord Hirsi Magan Isse. When she was six, her family left Somalia, eventually settling in Kenya. She sought and obtained political asylum in the Netherlands in 1992 — under circumstances that later became the center of a political controversy.
She is a prominent and controversial author, film maker, atheist, and critic of Islam, and Christianity. [Hirsi Ali] has received numerous awards for her human rights work, and in 2005, was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is currently a fellow at the think tank American Enterprise Institute.