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The Trouble with Islam: A Wake-Up Call for Honesty and Change


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Irshad Manji calls herself a muslim refusenik. “That doesn’t mean I refuse to be a Muslim,” she writes. “It simply means I refuse to join an army of automatons in the name of Allah.” These automatons, Manji argues, include many so-called moderate Muslims in the West. In blunt, provocative, and deeply personal terms, she unearths the troubling cornerstones of Islam as it’s widely practiced: 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 pointed questions about mainstream Islam. “Why are we all being held hostage by what’s happening between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Who is the real colonizer of Muslims — America or Arabia? Why are we squandering the talents of women, fully half of God’s creation?” Manji 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 Islam’s lost tradition of independent thought.

This book will inspire struggling Muslims worldwide to revisit the foundations of their faith. It will also compel non-Muslims to start posing the questions we all have about Islam today. In that spirit, The Trouble with Islam is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future.

About the Author

Irshad Manji is an acclaimed TV personality, author, public speaker and media entrepreneur. She and her family came to Canada as refugees from Idi Amin’s Uganda. She grew up in Richmond, B.C., became National Affairs Editorial Writer at the Ottawa Citizen at age 23, and later appeared weekly on TVOntario debating issues of the day. After publishing her first book, Risking Utopia: On the Edge of a New Democracy, in 1997, she conceived of and hosted the Gemini award-winning QueerTelevision. Currently, Irshad Manji is host of TVO’s Big Ideas and President of VERB TV, a channel being developed to engage youth as global citizens. She is also writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Hart House.

Table of Contents

The Letter

How I Became a Muslim Refusenik

Seventy Virgins?

When Did We Stop Thinking?

Gates and Girdles

Who’s Betraying Whom?

The Hidden Underbelly of Islam

Operation Ijtihad

In Praise of Honesty

Thank God for the West

Recommended Readings


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Manji, Irshad
Random House
Sociology of Religion
Islam - General
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247 p.
4 x 8 inches

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