The Trouble With Islam

The Trouble With Islam

A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
A Muslim woman takes issue with the contradictions of mainstream Islam and with such issues as anti-Semitism, Islamic imperialism, and the attitude toward women and looks at the essential reforms that Islam must undertake.

McMillan Palgrave
"I have to be honest with you. Islam is on very thin ice with me....Through our screaming self-pity and our conspicuous silences, we Muslims are conspiring against ourselves. We're in crisis and we're dragging the rest of the world with us. If ever there was a moment for an Islamic reformation, it's now. For the love of God, what are we doing about it?"

In blunt, provocative, and deeply personal terms, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God. In this open letter to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, Manji asks arresting questions. "Who is the real colonizer of Muslims - America or Arabia? Why are we all being held hostage by what's happening between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Why are we squandering the talents of women, fully half of God's creation? What's our excuse for reading the Koran literally when it's so contradictory and ambiguous? Is that a heart attack you're having? Make it fast. Because if more of us don't speak out against the imperialists within Islam, these guys will walk away with the show."

Manji offers a practical vision of how the United States and its allies can help Muslims undertake a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. This book will inspire struggling Muslims worldwide to revisit the foundations of their faith. It will also compel non-Muslims to start posing the important questions without fear of being deemed "racists." In more ways than one, The Trouble with Islam is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future.


Book News
Canadian journalist Manji (she's also a television personality and writer-in-residence at the U. of Toronto) describes her radical ideas regarding her faith. She is particularly interested in encouraging Muslims to voice concerns about elements of the religion they find objectionable and to do so publicly. The writing is conversational, but she does back up her material with some suggested readings (there's more material at her website). An index would have been useful. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In blunt, provocative, and deeply personal terms, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God. In this open letter to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, Manji asks arresting questions. "Who is the real colonizer of Muslims - America or Arabia? Why are we all being held hostage by what's happening between the Palestinians and the Israelis? Why are we squandering the talents of women, fully half of God's creation? What's our excuse for reading the Koran literally when it's so contradictory and ambiguous? Is that a heart attack you're having? Make it fast. Because if more of us don't speak out against the imperialists within Islam, these guys will walk away with the show."
Manji offers a practical vision of how the United States and its allies can help Muslims undertake a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. This book will inspire struggling Muslims worldwide to revisit the foundations of their faith. It will also compel non-Muslims to start posing the important questions without fear of being deemed "racists." In more ways than one, The Trouble with Islam is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future.

Baker
& Taylor

A Muslim woman takes issue with the contradictions of mainstream Islam and with such issues as anti-Semitism, Islamic imperialism, and the attitude toward women and offers a thought-provoking look at the essential reforms that Islam must undertake.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312326999
0312326998
Branch Call Number: 297 MAN
Characteristics: 229 p. ; 22 cm

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