The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Religion - 240 pages
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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 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 Muslims - America or Arabia? Why are we all being held hostage by what's happening between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Why are we squandering the talents of women, fully half of God's creation? What's our excuse for reading the Koran literally when it's 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 Islam is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future.


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Full of great insights, need to read again. - Goodreads
The writer is very likable and personal. - Goodreads
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Review: The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith

User Review  - Julie Wood - Goodreads

I heard her speak and liked her a ton. I like her writing less. It's just not very cleanly written. That said, her points are compelling. Read full review

Review: The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith

User Review  - Andrew Cottle - Goodreads

My First completed book of 2014! An interesting read presenting an alternative to some mainstream islamic ideals. i particularly like her thoughts on the idea of "foundamentalism" and how it stifles dissenting thought. Gets a little navel gazing at times but still overall enjoyable Read full review

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The Letter
1 How I Became A Muslim Refusenik
2 Seventy Virgins?
3 When Did We Stop Thinking?
4 Gates And Girdles
5 Whos Betraying Whom?
6 The Hidden Underbelly Of Islam
7 Operation Ijtihad
8 In Praise Of Honesty
9 Thank God For The West
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About the author (2007)

Irshad Manji is a journalist, television personality, and writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto.

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