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!
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“[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)
Irshad Manji is as insightful as she is refreshing!
While I think she overly downplays the role her country (North America) has played in the persecution of Muslims, her self-critical questioning from within the Muslim community is a sign of great hope for the future.
May she become a beacon for others to follow - not so that'll may share her conclusions but they they might have the courage to ask the same probing questions.
I thought this to be a profound manifesto on the problems with Islam today and what must be done to reform for the sake of human rights and dignity (especially for Muslims). She makes very astute observations on how Desert Arabic tribalism of the 7th century "foundalism" had hijacked the political-religious-culture of Islam today which has caused it to be the most repressive, intolerant, bloodiest (especially how Muslims kill other Muslims) movements since Nazi Germany. The author's proposal has promise to release human potential for all Muslims and change to a culture of "building society & family" as opposed to tearing down...something to live for. Great book!
Overall well researched and thoughtful.
One negative is that the author is a contrarian on steroids. Sometimes her choice of words while on the correct side of argument, is too one sided. About halfway through the book I found myself being guarded about the views and this is a shame because I think the author is mostly correct (but can make mountain from molehill).
I bet you think I'm yet another fundie terrorist writing this review. Hardly! I qualify for the title refusenik too. I grew up muslim but semi-abandoned it after a much soul searching and research. Yes, most of Islam is man-made crap. Yes, lots of muslims are inflexible and narrow-minded. Yes, muslims accuse Israel but really should get their own house in order. Yes, yes, yes - I agree with much of what Irshad Manji says.
So, why do I hate this book?
Very simply, it reads like a long rant. Ms Manji offers nothing. She just comes across as angry and uninterested in finding the truth or some higher understanding. She just wants to rant and let you the reader know she's angry. On and on it goes. Well, I got it. Sometimes a rose is just a rose and a book is just a rant from an angry lesbian.
I'll say this though, Ms Manji is a good narrator.
Her energy and presence.
Disappointed. I was expecting more from this popular author.
This book is an utter waste of time. It is not a scholarly or balanced critique of its subject, Islam.
I like the author but knew very little about the subject matter. I now really like the author and I know a little more about Muslims. I'm looking forward to future audiobooks from Irshad.
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.
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