Brandeis University has abruptly yanked an honor for an advocate of women’s rights in the Muslim community.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali-born woman and U.S. citizen, is known for her efforts to advance women’s rights in communities in Islam. She was personally subjected to genital mutilation, had to flee a forced marriage and is still enduring death threats. She has most recently gained attention for her role in “Honor Diaries.”

Brandeis has withdrawn an honorary degree and an invitation to speak at commencement due to Ali’s detractors, who call her an Islamophobe. The Council on American-Islam Relations is one of the groups that has been vocal against Ali. The group has also pushed against “Honor Diaries.”

Ibrahim Hooper, of the Council on American-Islam Relations, told Megyn Kelly that Ali says Islam itself must be defeated and Muslim schools in America should be shut down. He also said the message of “Honor Diaries” is “hate Muslims, hate Islam.”

“Frankly, I don’t think that Mr. Hooper speaks for Muslims, I don’t think that he speaks for Muslim women,” Ali said tonight on “The Kelly File.”

Ali also responded to claims that she has been too general in her criticism of Islam.

“I have given numerous interviews on the subject of Islam – Islam and the West, Islam and women, Islam and violence – in the past 12 years. What these students have done […] is they take lines from various interviews […] and then they tie all these things together to fit their own narrative,” she said.

“But I don’t want this to distract us from what I wanted to say during that commencement which is to tell these students how incredibly privileged they are […] that they’re growing up in a world that is free, where they have proper education, and that the way to get to a better world, a world of peace, is to get the ability as young people to learn how to think critically.”

Watch Ali's interview above.

Watch Hooper's interview below, and tune in tomorrow on 'The Kelly File' at 9p ET for part 2 of Hooper's interview.


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