- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First edition (March 16, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312327005
- ISBN-13: 978-0312327002
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 258 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
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“...feels like a revelation...a raw nerve ending for the West - shocking, raw, but mercifully, joyously, still alive.” ―Andrew Sullivan, New York Times Book Review
“Irshad Manji is a fresh, new and intriguing voice of Islamic reform. This wonderfully written book will surprise you, educate you, even entertain you.” ―Alan Dershowitz, author of The Case for Israel
“[Manji's] ideas have already set off a searching debate.” ―Clifford Krauss, The New York Times
“Tightly reasoned and packed with knockout punches.” ―Pat Donnelly, Montreal Gazette
“Manji is blazingly articulate.” ―Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail (Canada)
“The Trouble with Islam is beyond controversial. It may ignite a firestorm of protest...her easy conversational style, addressed to 'my fellow Muslims,' makes it accessible to a wide range of readers.” ―Leslie Scrivener, The Toronto Star
About the Author
Irshad Manji is an acclaimed journalist, lecturer, and human rights advocate based in Toronto. Recognizing Irshad's leadership, Oprah Winfrey honored her with a Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness, and conviction." Ms. magazine has named Irshad a "Feminist for the 21st Century." She is also a recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Award for Valor.
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The copy I received should have been "near perfect", but it turned out that the vendor lied. Instead of getting a clean copy, I got one chock full of inane comments and multi-coloured underlining by the first owner. BOO! HISS! to the vendor.
This is a book every American should read.
And because Manji is able to juggle the two well, the book never becomes ponderous or shrill.
Her own experiences growing up and adolescent battles against teachers and doctrinaire views of Islam have given her the strength as an adult to try to integrate the religion in which she was born with her life. And after all of this in her conclusion she still is not sure where she is heading--leaving her religion or sticking with it and trying to reform it.
Her insights as a woman are crucial in discussing a religion that has made a mockery of equality and her views on micro-loans provide an interesting insight into how woman can have a more equal role.
Particularly fascinating to me was her approach to Arabic Islam and its roots in codes of the desert tribes--and the incompatibility with Islam away from the Mid-East.
The length and quality of writing, combined with Manji's willingness to inject herself and her fine sense of irony made the book a great weekend read. The kind that makes the reader say "Why can't there be another 100 pages?'
It is perhaps ironic that all the virtues of this book find severe conflict with the 'radical' muslim element who command the majority viewpoint in the world. Because of this Irshad's very life is in danger because she has the audacity to even question or examine muslim tenents with the light of reason. This is a good read and very helpful to us 'infidels' who can't understand the violent and brutal events that are done in the name of Islam.
This book gave detailed information about modern Islam but also about the author's personal experience with it. The combination of the two gives a great starting point for really looking at the faith.
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Irshad Manji asserts that The Trouble with Islam, her controversial call for reform in Muslim culture and faith, intends to...Read more