Winner of Oprah's first "Chutzpah Award" for boldness, Irshad Manji is among the world's most visible - and vocal - Muslim reformers. In this audiobook, narrated by her, Irshad explains the disturbing attitudes with which too many of her fellow Muslims practice Islam today: Arab cultural tribalism posing as pure faith. An uncritical approach to the Quran as the final and therefore superior word of God. And a rejection of universal human rights as if they are incompatible with the Divine.
As a faithful Muslim, Irshad shows that Islam has the raw material to rectify these injustices. Irshad offers a practical vision of how reform-minded Muslim can empower women, promote respect for religious minorities and foster a competition of ideas. This vision builds on "ijtihad" (ij-tee-had), Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. Irshad Manji's message for Muslims and non-Muslims? Dare to ask questions - out loud. In this audiobook, her voice rings clearly, compassionately, and passionately. You will love the musical surprises, too!
“[Irshad Manji] is Osama Bin Laden’s worst nightmare.” (The New York Times)
“One of the most hard-hitting analyses of Islam to appear since the September 11 attacks.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
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Condescending and arrogant
Only managed to get half way through this book before realising that life is too short to waste on such trite nonsense. There is nothing significantly original or worthwhile here. Basically, it is the expected vilification of Islam and the Arabs but with a twist. Where does blatant promotion of Israel enter into this debate? You work that one out. For a more intelligent, objective read try Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Brilliant.