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Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom Kindle Edition

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"Irshad Manji is the new voice of reform, not only for Islam, but for all religions. When we realize that liberty and love, meaning and purpose are more sacred than ideology and dogma, our spirituality will come of age."
—Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership

"Everyone thinks about courage: we admire it in others; we fear the shallowness of our own. Irshad Manji has earned our admiration; now, in her new book, she calls on the rest of us to summon our 'moral courage.' She asks both her fellow Muslims and non-Muslims to overcome the disapproval of family and peers - and speak truth. Manji writes in her usual vibrant and accessible style, with rich, compelling anecdotes and revealing interviews. This is an important and timely book, written by the master of moral courage."
—Lesley Stahl, CBS News' 60 Minutes

"Irshad Manji once again shows herself to be a Muslim reformist of outstanding courage. Hers is the unwavering conviction that all religions, including Islam, fulfill their timeless moral precepts through universal love, freedom and reason. To understand how these virtues can be allied with Allah and the Quran - not in theory, but in our messy real world - you must read this book."
—N.J. Dawood, bestselling translator of The Koran

"Irshad Manji's Allah, Liberty & Love is a passionate argument for passionate argument - in all of life and especially within Islam. I leave these pages strengthened by her humor, intelligence, bravery, fairness and faith."
—Gloria Steinem

"The democratic movements that have now emerged have shown just how many young Muslims want to give voice to their aspirations and achieve their full potential. If you want to get a taste of what they sound like, read Irshad Manji."
—Thomas Friedman, The New York Times

“Like the uprisings against Middle East dictators, Allah, Liberty & Love is a jolt of adrenalin in the struggle against enemies of humanity—those who would coerce a people’s rights or an individual’s conscience. Manji is a brave woman whose moral courage brings threats against her life. Now, even as she equips her Muslim brothers and sisters to ‘stay with integrity’ in their effort to replace dogma with faith, Manji challenges us who are not Muslims to take on the closed minds of our own religion, party, community or clan. This is a passionate yet practical guide for the journey of moral courage that each of us must begin if we are to live with dignity on a crowded planet.”
—Bill Moyers
 
“Irshad Manji never gives up. In Allah, Liberty & Love, she chronicles her continuing struggle for an authentic Islamic reformation, one that she has rooted deeply in Islam’s own traditions. . . . She writes about her relations with a community that doesn’t quite know what to make of her—but also of the many Muslims who support her as she keeps her faith. Irshad Manji is at the forefront of some crucially important trends that are slowly changing the world of Islam.”
—Fareed Zakaria

"An audacious, thoughtful call for people of all religions to move beyond hate, fear, and intolerance."
O, The Oprah Magazine
 
"Irshad Manji has always been a voice of reason and hope....The brilliant aspect of this book? While it is written from a faith perspective, its lessons in moral courage, in doing the right thing, so to speak, are as valid for atheists, the humanists and the pagans."
Calgary Herald
 
"The book is for all who hope to make the world a better place.”
U.S. Catholic
 
"Its arguments may centre around Islam, but the self-reflection and human values it prescribes are universal."
Hindustan Times

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"Revolutionary..." - Boston Globe

“Feisty and sharply reasoned – you’d want this woman to be on your side in any debate – her book will make people of all faiths (or no faith) rethink both cultural and religious assumptions.”

Library Journal

"Perhaps the most fearless advocate for reformation in Islam is Irshad Manji... She is controversial precisely because she offers hope for change - faithful dissent against a suffocating orthodoxy at odds with the facts of life in an evolving world." --Daily Beast


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  • File Size: 2104 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (June 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: June 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INHA12
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sami in SF on August 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A tour de force - recommended reading for every thinking Muslim out there who wants to make change happen. Manji writes with passion, conviction, and unflinching tenacity about the need for individuals of conscience, be they Muslim or not, to shed the chains of tribal thinking and tribal practices ("identity") in order to live with the universal ethic of "integrity". She calls on us to rally moral courage in challenging the hypocrisy of our co-religionists and the injustices they commit in the name of religion, especially with regard to the treatment of women, gays and lesbians, non-Muslims, and those considered apostates. She also rightly calls out the liberal multiculturalists of the Western world for their cowardice in not speaking out against the violation of human rights in Muslim communities, preferring to hide behind the destructive construct of moral and cultural relativism.

While Manji's reasoning and moral clarity are sharp as a knife, her main strength is her bold activism. She cites many of her email exchanges with both supporters and detractors (many of whom are hilarious and frightening in their venom). Her casual conversational tone sometimes comes across flippant and condescending, but when you realize that she lives under the constant and real threat of physical harm from angry "Islamo-tribalists", it's easy to understand how she needs a healthy dose of humor and lightness to keep her mental health in tact. Her website, irshadmanji,com, is a good companion piece to the book for those interested in taking concrete steps to manifest their moral courage.

My only criticism of the book is that I was not convinced why Irshad wants to be a Muslim in the first place, as opposed to any other religion.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Edip Yuksel on July 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Irshad Manji is not a sheikh nor a mullah, but she is a brave muslim (a peacemaker, a peaceful surrenderer to God ALONE) who has not squandered her God-given mind and heart through the teachings of clergymen who arrogated themselves by claiming monopoly over the understanding of the Quran and by injecting themselves between individuals and their Creator.

Irshad surprises me by her insight and courage. "Our duty to know God overshadows any guilt brought on by the artificial gods of family and nation." This is not an easy task. The great majority of people follow the religion of loudest, crowdest, or the proximate bandwagon. It takes wisdom and bravery to search for truth, without condition. Throughout history, those who questioned dogmas and mythologies were shunned and declared heretics.

I do believe that a substantial reform is impossible without brave reformists who are ready to question everything. Throughout history, reformists have uttered ideas that initially repelled or scared the hypnotized majorities in their "holy bandwagons." There cannot be a slow transformation, but a shock, a radical jump, a paradigm change among Muslim masses.
Such a reform perhaps can be accomplished only by "children" who do not hesitate to scream the reality that "emperor is naked." Yes, Muslim clergymen and politicians are naked!

The title of the book is excellent. By using the word Allah instead of God, Irshad is daring the wormongers who wish to demonize muslims. By using the word Liberty and Love, she also challenges the Sunni and Shiite bigots who betray the many verses of the Quran promoting freedom of expression, tolerance to the choices of others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trade Winds Traveler on October 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Irshad Manji has been a disquieting elbow in the ribs of the moderate Muslim community (and non-Muslims by association) for more than a decade now, and in her latest book Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom, she amps up the volume of her message, reframing her mission as similar to that of Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi. It takes a good deal of hubris for Manji to associate herself and her mission with such august company, but it is evident that her well-honed sense of humor plays a role both in tempering her ego as well as augmenting the audacity of her message.

Manji's style is unapologetically provocative. Exploiting the Muslim communities' stereotypical anxiety over sexual protocol, Manji laces her arguments with deliberately offensive references to the "Viagra" of group victimhood, and in deploring the lack of Muslim "Andalusian cojones" in opposing one's own family and community's shackles of cultural honor. She also resorts to scatological humor, characterizing typical Muslim responses to criticism as "steaming piles of hooey". In the chapter "Offense is the Price of Diversity", she asserts the need for uncensored dissent from the status quo, and for Muslims to "harness offense for personal growth." (pg 187) Claiming that her books and speeches rankle more Muslims than the Taliban does, she insists that offending her audience out of their complacency and complicity in "respecting Muslim culture" is crucial to effecting the change that will reconcile the practice of Islam with free speech and respect for the human rights and dignity of all.

Manji's repeated mantra in this book is that no religion speaks for itself.
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