Samina Ali is an American prize winning author, curator and activist who was born in India.  Her debut novel, ‘Madras on Rainy Days’ was the winner of France’s prestigious Prix Premier Roman Etranger Award, and a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction.

Samina Ali is a motivational speaker who exposes the falsity within modern Islam.  She is currently writing a nonfiction book that weaves her personal story with a passionate appeal for women’s equality and justice.

Listening to Samina’s Tedx talk ‘What does the Qur’an really say about a Muslim woman’s Hijab?’ is a fascinating and enlightening lesson.  I must admit that because of the views of Islamic Fundamentalists I have wondered why women would choose to wear the Hijab (the veil or scarf worn to cover the head and neck).  I have questioned why it is only women who are required to wear this garment?  I have seen it as just another tool used by men to control their women.

Samina Ali takes us back 400 years to the time of Mohammed when women were regularly attacked by men during the night.  Mohammed was made aware of this issue and instead of seeking to punish the rap