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

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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 is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312326999
Subtitle:
A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Author:
Manji, Irshad
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Spirituality - Women's
Subject:
Essence, genius, nature
Subject:
Controversial literature
Subject:
Liberty of conscience
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Islam and civil society
Subject:
Islam -- Essence, genius, nature.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
v. 1
Publication Date:
January 16, 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 240 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312326999 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Manji] maintains that the Qur'an doesn't mandate the evils she sees in institutional Islam and that liberalization is as possible for Islam as it has been for Christianity and Judaism. Her sassy but earnest perspective seems a godsend."
"Review" by , "It isn't the most learned or scholarly treatise on the history or theology of Islam; its dabbling in geopolitics is haphazard and a little naive....But its spirit is undeniable, and long, long overdue. Reading it feels like a revelation."
"Review" by , "The writing, though energetic, is unfocused, with personal stories that are sometimes confusing. Although the book raises important points, Manji's angry tone and disjointed writing may obscure some of the valid questions she asks of Islam and Muslims."
"Review" by , "[Manji's] voice is a welcome one during a time when so much attention is given to political and religious extremists....Readers need no advanced training in politics, Islam, or history. Recommended."
"Review" by , "Irshad Manji is a fresh, new and intriguing voice of Islamic reform. This wonderfully written book will surprise you, educate you, even entertain you."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , A Muslim woman's passionate, eloquent challenge to the contradictions of mainstream Islam--and a provocative call for reform. In a conversational voice that will grip every reader, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, Manji educates, exposes, and honestly addresses the questions readers all have--yet rarely pose--about Islam today.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [219]-225).
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