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5.0 out of 5 stars A "letter" from a Muslim to the Muslim community, March 3, 2005
This review is from: The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith (Hardcover)
As an American, I find this book illuminating about the benefits of our own society, and an impressive effort by a Muslim to shake up the Muslim community at large. The author writes with the fury of a mother protecting her family - which, as we should know, might (and in this case does) include a rather bracing and clear reprimand. I do wonder whether someone totally new to Islam and the Middle East would be able to use the book as one's sole introduction; the book was meant for Muslim readers after all (e.g. the author's web site offers on-line translations of the book in Arabic and Urdu).

Apparently not a few Muslim readers will find the criticisms a bit much to deal with; to them I would plead, you are better off having your mind stretched, even if it hurts; too much mental comfort leads to mental incapacity. From Khalil Gibran's The Prophet: "Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding..."

I will add that America needs its own Irshad Manji. Since we are human we have our own faults, some of them deep; I believe many of us need a breaking of our own shell of complacent ignorance of the world at large.
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