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This "call for reform" reads like an open letter to the Muslim world. Irshad Manji, a Toronto-based television journalist, was born to Muslim parents in South Africa. Her family eventually fled to Canada when she was two years old. Manji shares her life experiences growing up in a Western Muslim household and ask some compelling questions from her feminist-lesbian-journalist perspective. It is interesting to note that Manji has been lambasted for being too personal and not scholarly enough to have a worthwhile opinion. Yet her lack of pretense and her intimate narrative are the strengths of this book. For Muslims to dismiss her opinions as not worthy to bring to the table is not only elitist; it underscores why she feels compelled to speak out critically. Intolerance for dissent, especially women's dissent, is one of her main complaints about Islam. Clearly, her goal was not to write a scholarly critique, but rather to speak from her heartfelt concern about Islam. To her fellow Muslims she writes:
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.
Islam is "on very thin ice" with one follower, Canadian broadcaster Manji. Her book will be an unsettling read for most of her fellow Muslims, although they may find themselves agreeing with many points. She describes how childhood days spent at her local mosque left her perplexed and irritated; she complains that the Middle East conflict has consumed Muslim minds. She highlights several grievances many Muslims probably share: what she casts as Saudi Arabia's disproportional and destructive influence on Islam, how the hijab, or veil, has become a litmus test for a Muslim woman's faithfulness, and the need to question the accuracy of hadiths (sayings of the Prophet Muhammad). The exclusion of women from Muslim leadership is criticized as well. However, Manji's arguments would be better taken-and easier to follow-if not accompanied by an unceasing list of Islam's misdeeds. Manji often chooses the most controversial Koranic passages (rarely providing current scholarship for a more accurate reading of key verses), and her treatment of Islamic history is selective. She mistakes the negative fan mail she receives from Muslims who have seen her on television for the views of all Muslims, and lambastes those who present a sympathetic view of Islam, including the late scholar Edward Said. The writing, though energetic, is unfocused, with personal stories that are sometimes confusing. Although the book raises important points, Manji's angry tone and disjointed writing may obscure some of the valid questions she asks of Islam and Muslims.
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The author raises many excellent points about something that is long overdue - reformation of the religion based on modern and liberal values. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clyde
Disappointing. Ms. Mani is much better as an interviewee and speaker than as an author.Published 2 months ago by James F. Woods
Sorry I even wasted money on it. After I started it I couldn't finish it. After all the things she says she still believes. That's the amazing thing to me.Published 3 months ago by TED BOWLES
A great book. Well-written and imminently important. Manji is a rare breed of an intelligent, insightful, and independent thinker. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Corbett
Great book. We did this book in a book study, and it was great. Answers a lot of questions about Islam.Published 4 months ago by Medcoder
Good messages to her co-religionists, much of it musing with herself. Worth reading, but the manner of presentation becomes tiresome.Published 6 months ago by Richard Hanson
I have bought at least five copies of this book over the past five years and given them to friends. Everyone loves them.Published 6 months ago by eugene aughinbaugh
Nothing like rational thinking to make my day!
Don't expect your average reader (and their 3th grade tribal minds) to have the intellectual flexibility to entertain... Read more
Fantastic book! Irshad Manji is an incredibly articulate writer and "The Trouble with Islam Today" provides the reader with an excellent insight and education into issues... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Laura Albano