Allah, Liberty & Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom Hardcover – Jun 7 2011
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"Irshad Manji is the new voice of reform, not only for Islam, but for all religions. When we realize that liberty and love, meaning and purpose are more sacred than ideology and dogma, our spirituality will come of age."
—Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership
"Everyone thinks about courage: we admire it in others; we fear the shallowness of our own. Irshad Manji has earned our admiration; now, in her new book, she calls on the rest of us to summon our 'moral courage.' She asks both her fellow Muslims and non-Muslims to overcome the disapproval of family and peers - and speak truth. Manji writes in her usual vibrant and accessible style, with rich, compelling anecdotes and revealing interviews. This is an important and timely book, written by the master of moral courage."
—Lesley Stahl, CBS News' 60 Minutes
"Irshad Manji once again shows herself to be a Muslim reformist of outstanding courage. Hers is the unwavering conviction that all religions, including Islam, fulfill their timeless moral precepts through universal love, freedom and reason. To understand how these virtues can be allied with Allah and the Quran - not in theory, but in our messy real world - you must read this book."
—N.J. Dawood, bestselling translator of The Koran
"Irshad Manji's Allah, Liberty & Love is a passionate argument for passionate argument - in all of life and especially within Islam. I leave these pages strengthened by her humor, intelligence, bravery, fairness and faith."
"The democratic movements that have now emerged have shown just how many young Muslims want to give voice to their aspirations and achieve their full potential. If you want to get a taste of what they sound like, read Irshad Manji."
—Thomas Friedman, The New York Times
“Like the uprisings against Middle East dictators, Allah, Liberty & Love is a jolt of adrenalin in the struggle against enemies of humanity—those who would coerce a people’s rights or an individual’s conscience. Manji is a brave woman whose moral courage brings threats against her life. Now, even as she equips her Muslim brothers and sisters to ‘stay with integrity’ in their effort to replace dogma with faith, Manji challenges us who are not Muslims to take on the closed minds of our own religion, party, community or clan. This is a passionate yet practical guide for the journey of moral courage that each of us must begin if we are to live with dignity on a crowded planet.”
“Irshad Manji never gives up. In Allah, Liberty & Love, she chronicles her continuing struggle for an authentic Islamic reformation, one that she has rooted deeply in Islam’s own traditions. . . . She writes about her relations with a community that doesn’t quite know what to make of her—but also of the many Muslims who support her as she keeps her faith. Irshad Manji is at the forefront of some crucially important trends that are slowly changing the world of Islam.”
"An audacious, thoughtful call for people of all religions to move beyond hate, fear, and intolerance."
—O, The Oprah Magazine
"Irshad Manji has always been a voice of reason and hope....The brilliant aspect of this book? While it is written from a faith perspective, its lessons in moral courage, in doing the right thing, so to speak, are as valid for atheists, the humanists and the pagans."
"The book is for all who hope to make the world a better place.”
"Its arguments may centre around Islam, but the self-reflection and human values it prescribes are universal."
About the Author
IRSHAD MANJI teaches moral courage at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. A Globe and Mail columnist, she is also a scholar with the European Foundation for Democracy. Her #1 Canadian bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today, earned international recognition and inspired Manji's Emmy-nominated PBS film, Faith Without Fear. The New York Times has called her "bin Laden's worst nightmare" while the Jakarta Post in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, has identified Manji as one of 3 women creating positive change in contemporary Islam.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
However, Manji's intended readership is not limited to her fellow Muslims -- she also takes aim at good, well-meaning people in the west who are afraid to criticize the extremist voices within Islam for fear of being taken as intolerant. She makes the point that it was only through the moral courage of people like Martin Luther King (and she might have mentioned Gandhi and Mandela)that real societal change can take place. But it is the statement of a Muslim colleague of Gandhi, Abdul Ghaffar Khan, that "true freedom comes from disciplining the self, not others" that contains the core of her message to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. That, and her assertion that Islam (and other religions) need to shed the cultural baggage that hides the true message of their holy scriptures. While some may be put off by her "in your face" approach, the issues she brings up are too important to be ignored. Unlike many books on Islam today, Manji's work doesn't dwell on the differences between various groups within the faith, but rather the importance for today's Muslims to become part of a true Islamic reformation, based on the Qur'an's vision of Allah as "the compassionate and merciful."
Isharad's book seems to continue her quest of reforming Islam with an emphasis on coaxing mainstream Muslims into wresting their faith from extremists, who she calls "Islamo-tribalists" but on a closer look it is broader than that. She draws liberally on the wisdom and examples of ideological leaders such as Robert Kennedy, Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. and even little known Muslims that fit the mould such as Abdul Ghaffer Khan. In so doing she builds universality. Anyone combating oppression, fighting intolerance or even simply seeking to live with reverence and integrity will find something to learn from her book. A book that is both absorbing and inspiring,