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

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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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As a child emigrating from Uganda to Canada, journalist Manji found her religious education unfulfilling. Thus began her search to better understand her faith and its political, religious, and ... Read full review

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I always believe that people are entitled to their own opinion...so in my opinion, if anyone has a problem with the fundamentals that make up a religion, then dont follow it. Its almost legitimizing the fact that some Jewish people eat Pork and are called non-Kosher Jews. Bollocks, eating pork is a contemptious act in Judaism. So if you want to eat pork and cherry pick the rule sof your religion to suit you...find a religion that does. You see, Irshad is a Gay woman, which is a notion not at all endorsed by Islam and its fundamental principles. So yes, Islam doesn't argue that you should not have feelings regarding your inherent sexuality, but it does specify without a doubt that you should abstain from practising it. This doesn't sit well with this author, so she's looking to poke holes in a religion that will never accept her acting on her sexual desires in a same-gender romatic relationship. henece, she also says that love is love. Sometimes inter-religious marriages happen, and she wants to say that forbidding a muslim woman to marry a jewish /christian man is absurd. But that is the rules of our religion! You dont like it, then convert to a religion that does allow it. But she still wants the rest of the religion...so now she's poking holes in certian things saying that she's selective about what she believes the Quran says, because its called 'thinking and discovering and questioning'. Well, the very word Faith suggests that there are elements that calls for pure faith, with no question or probing...like the presence of God. Thats just pure faith...which you can either believe or disbelieve. By the way ALL the religions of the book do not condone inter-religious marriages nor same sex relationships. If they do, then those are innovations.... 

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Contents

The Letter
1
1 How I Became A Muslim Refusenik
5
2 Seventy Virgins?
28
3 When Did We Stop Thinking?
48
4 Gates And Girdles
71
5 Whos Betraying Whom?
94
6 The Hidden Underbelly Of Islam
134
7 Operation Ijtihad
158
8 In Praise Of Honesty
187
9 Thank God For The West
204
Recommended Readings
219
Acknowledgments
227
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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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