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In this book tour, I am experiencing what it is to be a parrot. I tell the same story again and again. Those who interview me on the radio, in print, and on television ask me to tell them about my life in Africa and Islam, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and civil war. That is all in the book. But I think it is important to tell you how I got involved in this, how I became famous, and how I became infamous. Ladies and gentlemen, let me take you back for a moment to November 2001. I attended one of the first debates in Amsterdam on the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. I was 30, almost 31. The debate was organized by a publishing house together with a daily newspaper called Trouw. The title of the evening was “The West or Islam: Who Needs a Voltaire?”

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