Douglas Murray in his own words: I was already writing about the migration issues occasionally. During the height of the migration crisis in 2015 I was reporting on bits of it and I got frustrated about not being able to explain the whole story because the facts and the emotions they provoke are fantastically complex. None of it is simple or easy. And I suppose like a lot of us who write, you get frustrated trying to do it in one or two thousand words in an article.
I was a long way from home in the Far East. And I had this realisation I had to write a book about the whole thing as I saw it. I find it the most fascinating subject of our time as well as the most troubling. And also being an inveterate walker into places where more sensible people fear to tread, all the difficult bits seemed to me to be the things that need to be thought about and written about and discussed. And I wanted to be able to do that at length.
In Heretic: Why Islam Needs A Reformation Now. Bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad: From Islam to America, A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, asks why the borders of Islam are so bloody. Interweaving her own experiences, historical analogies and powerful examples from contemporary Muslim societies and cultures, Heretic is not a call to arms, but a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new era of global toleration. With jihadists killing thousands from Nigeria to Syria to Pakistan, this book offers an answer to what has already become the world’s number one security issue. Ayaan Ali has received death threats as a result of writing this book. At least the threats are testament to the fact that words and ideas have power; and rather than the coercion and intimidation of fundamentalists or the tragic group think of the West, ideas need to be debated on open plains, people need to learn to think for themselves. Fundamentalists claim this controversial book is anti-Muslim; rather the author urges Muslims to return to the original beauties of their faith, to the first preachings of Mohammed, to a religion of peace, love, tolerance and compassion. But in these times of peril, in The Age of Terror, it is also vital that the terrible societies created by secular Western democracies, all of them in decay, take a good look at themselves and learn to value their own citizens, rather than discard them in the brutal cruelties of modern capitalism, globalisation, misguided laws and failed social policies. The Sharia is taking hold in the West precisely because it is vulnerable.