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Tirade against Islam dismays Dutch Muslims

The Netherlands’ one million-strong Muslim community has become embroiled in a furious row over free speech after its chief critic – a woman MP who has been dubbed the Dutch Salman Rushdie – called the prophet Mohammed a “perverse tyrant”. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a 33-year-old Somali-born immigrant to the Netherlands and a former Muslim, has received death threats and been forced to flee the country in the past because of her outspoken criticism of Islam, but her latest outburst threatens to dwarf previous rows. Writing in the daily Trouw newspaper, Ms Ali, who was recently elected an MP for the VVD liberal party and is constantly accompanied by bodyguards, said that, by western standards, Mohammed was a perverse man and a tyrant. Full Story

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