[bksvol-discuss] Re: Wish List

  • From: "Shelley L. Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 17:39:40 -0500

That one sounds fantastic, smile.

Shelley L. Rhodes B.S. Ed, CTVI
and Judson, guiding golden
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "jbaugh" <jim.baugh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Bksvol-Discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, February 01, 2007 11:56 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Wish List

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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