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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Non-stop rant from an angry l*sb**n
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.
- J S
I met the author once and was curious...