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I hear from a Saudi friend that his country's religious police arrest women for wearing red on Valentines Day, and I think, Since when does a merciful God outlaw joyor fun? I read about victims of rape being stoned for "adultery" and I wonder how a critical mass of us can stay stone silent.
She asks tough questions: "What's with the stubborn streak of anti-Semitism in Islam? Who is the real colonizer of the Muslims-America or Arabia? Why are we squandering the talents of women, fully half of God's creation?" This is not an anti-Muslim rant. Manji also speaks with passionate love and hope for Islam, believing that democracy is compatible with its purest doctrine. Sure, she's biased and opinionated. But all religions, from Christianity to Buddhism to Islam should be accountable for how their leadership and national allegiances personally affect their followers. One would hope that this honest voice be met with a little more self-scrutiny and a little less anti-personal, anti-feminine, and anti-Western rhetoric. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'd recommend both these books to anyone interested in learning why Islam is what it is.
Because of this I knew that I had to be careful reading this book to not be taken in by something that sounds nice but may not actual be true.
Irshad's Islam is one in which every Muslim follows ijtihad; in which authority is endlessly questioned.
Yep, Islam has some major flaws. Yes, it needs a reform. But who's going to reform Islam, when Saudi Arabia is so rich with oil? Read morePublished 20 days ago by Uri Breitman
It is about time that someone is prepared to bring Islam into the 21st century. Time for western Muslims to recognise that our Arab "custodians of the Faith" have lost all... Read morePublished 2 months ago by paul ellis
Government control of the media and 24hr religious broadcasting has corrupted the practice.Published 2 months ago by Rene L. Santiago
A very interesting and well researched book. I was hugely impressed by the extent to which Irshad had researched Islam, Judaism and Christianity and could objectively discuss the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Aldous MacIvor
This is a very insightful book. I learned a lot of things about Islam by reading and rereading this book.It is a very interesting book.I highly recommend this book to other peoplePublished 7 months ago by Kevin Todd Clepps
I started reading this book to gain an understanding of the culture. Although I got bored I admit I liked the author's viewpoints and descriptions but quickly had trouble staying... Read morePublished 8 months ago by nets
Irshad Manji's book is a major contribution to the growing body of work by women disaffected by Islam. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ralph White