[bksvol-discuss] Wish List

  • From: "jbaugh" <jim.baugh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bksvol-Discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 11:56:18 -0500

Just submitted The Trouble With Islam: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith 
by Irshad Manji.

From the Publisher
"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.

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 

Jim B

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