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

Irshad Manji
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a path for Muslims and non-Muslims to transcend the fears that stop so many of us from living with honest-to- God integrity: the fear of offending others in a multicultural world as well as the fear of questioning our own communities. Since publishing her international bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today, Manji has moved from anger to aspiration. She shows how any of us can reconcile faith with freedom and thus discover the Allah of liberty and love—the universal God that loves us enough to give us choices and the capacity to make them.

Among the most visible Muslim reformers of our era, Manji draws on her experience in the trenches to share stories that are deeply poignant, frequently funny and always revealing about these morally confused times. What prevents young Muslims, even in the West, from expressing their need for religious reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims about openly supporting liberal voices within Islam? How did we get into the mess of tolerating intolerable customs, such as honor killings, and how do we change that noxious status quo? How can people ditch dogma while keeping faith? Above all, how can each of us embark on a personal journey toward moral courage—the willingness to speak up when everybody else wants to shut you up?

Allah, Liberty and Love is the ultimate guide to becoming a gutsy global citizen. Irshad Manji believes profoundly not just in Allah, but also in her fellow human beings.


Editorial Reviews

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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

Review

"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: 2027 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (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
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring call to action, but left with questions 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A brave voice of a truth-seeker and iconoclast! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Low defenses and high expectations of Muslims 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
just ok
Published 1 month ago by Karol Kuruc
4.0 out of 5 stars Irshad's views are indeed refreshing and indeed challenging to members...
Irshad's views are indeed refreshing and indeed challenging to members of the Islamic faith. Her paradigm shift in thinking is truly commendable!
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Sequeira
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book!!
Published 2 months ago by Laura Albano
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Read
Published 3 months ago by Cristal
2.0 out of 5 stars A misleading book with good intentions
I was genuinely excited to see how Manji could indeed reconcile Islam and progressive values, but I come away rather disappointed.

The spin begins early. Read more
Published 4 months ago by ensplo
5.0 out of 5 stars all went well
all went well
Published 4 months ago by Michael B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A challenging book.
Published 5 months ago by Pavittar S. Safir
5.0 out of 5 stars Irshad is amazing!
Irshad's second book is thoughtful and inspiring. I would also recommend you check out the Moral Courage Project clips on Youtube for another dimension of this woman's work! Read more
Published 10 months ago by CarolZ.
1.0 out of 5 stars I DIDN'T GET WHAT i EXPECTED FROM IT.
i THOUGHT THE BOOK WOULD TELL ME ABOUT iSLAM FROM A FEMALE BELIEVER'S VIEWPOINT, BUT IT DID NOT EVEN ATTEMPT IT.
Published 11 months ago by afdahkar
4.0 out of 5 stars Allah, Liberty and Love
very intelligently written, respectful of faith & culture. Irshad drives her points home in that respect. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sjunaid
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