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Book Title: The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith|
The author of the book: Irshad Manji
Edition: St. Martin's Griffin
Date of issue: March 16th 2005
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ISBN 13: 9780312327002
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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 Today is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future.
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Read information about the authorIrshad Manji (born 1968) is a Canadian Muslim feminist, author, journalist, and activist. Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University. The Moral Courage Project will teach young leaders to speak truth to power in their own communities. She is a well-known critic of radical Islam and orthodox interpretations of the Qur'an. The New York Times has described her as "Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare". Manji advocates a revival of critical thinking, known as ijtihad in Islamic tradition. To that end, she has launched Project Ijtihad, an international charitable organization dedicated to creating a network of Muslims interested in a liberal reform of Islam.
Manji's first book, The Trouble with Islam Today, has been published in over 30 languages, including Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Malay. Her PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear has received wide acclaim. It chronicles Manji's journey to reconcile faith and freedom. As a journalist, her articles have appeared in many publications, and she has addressed audiences ranging from Amnesty International to the United Nations Press Corps to the Democratic Muslims in Denmark to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She has appeared on television networks around the world, including Al Jazeera, the CBC, BBC, MSNBC, C-SPAN, CNN, PBS, the Fox News Channel, and the CBS Evening News.