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The Trouble with Islam Today A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith

ISBN: 9780312327002 | 0312327005
Edition: Reprint
Format: Paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pub. Date: 3/16/2005

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"I have to be honest with you. Islam is on very thin ice with me.... Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring against ourselves. We're in crisis and we're dragging the rest of the world with us. If ever there was a moment for an Islamic reformation, it's now. For the love of God, what are we doing about it?" In this open letter, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God's will. But her message is ultimately positive. She offers a practical vision of how Islam can undergo a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives "ijtihad," Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. In that spirit, Irshad has a refreshing challenge for both Muslims and non-Muslims: Don't silence yourselves. Ask questions---out loud.The Trouble with Islam Todayis a clarion call for a fatwa-free future. Irshad Manjiis a journalist, television personality, and writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto. In blunt, provocative, and deeply personal terms, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today; tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God. In this open letter to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, Manji asks arresting questions. "Who is the real colonizer of MuslimsAmerica or Arabia? Why are we squandering the talents of women, fully half of God's creation? What's our excuse for reading the Koran literally when its so contradictory and ambiguous? Is that a heart attack you're having? Make it fast. Because if more of us don't speak out against the imperialists within Islam, these guys will walk away with the show." Manji offers a practical vision of how the United States and its allies can help Muslims undertake a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. This book will inspire struggling Muslims worldwide to revisit the foundations of their faith. It will also compel non-Muslims to start posing the important questions without fear of being deemed "racists." In more ways than one,The Trouble with Islamis a clarion call for a fatwa-free future. "Feels like a revelation . . . a raw nerve ending for the Westshocking, raw, but mercifully, joyously, still alive."Andrew Sullivan,New York Times Book Review "Frank, open, and intelligent . . . Manji's cause is, I believe, the most important new movement in several decades."Jane Mansbridge,Harvard University "I always knew we had partners in the Arab-Muslim states, but the democratic movements that have now emerged have shown me just how many young people there want to give voice to their aspirations and achieve their full potential--something their governments and spiritual leaders have been blocking. It you want to get a taste of what they sound like, read [this] courageous book . . . Manji is a 36-year-old Canadian feminist who has dared to write a book calling for a reformation of Islam."Thomas L. Friedman,The New York Times "[Manji's] ideas have already set off a searching debate."Clifford Krauss,The New York Times "Tightly reasoned and packed with knockout punches."Pat Donnelly,Montreal Gazette "Manji is blazingly articulate."Margaret Wente,The Globe and Mail(Canada) "The Trouble with Islamis beyond controversial.


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