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"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 this open letter"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 this open letter, 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's will. But her message is ultimately positive. She offers a practical vision of how Islam can undergo a reformation that empowers women, promotes respect for religious minorities, and fosters a competition of ideas. Her vision revives "ijtihad," Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking. In that spirit, Irshad has a refreshing challenge for both Muslims and non-Muslims: Don't silence yourselves. Ask questions---out loud. The Trouble with Islam Today is a clarion call for a fatwa-free future....

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The Trouble With Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith Reviews

  • Paras Abbasi
    2019-01-27 14:00

    It would be very hard to take this book seriously because it has been written by someone who had been raised by an abusive father, who unfortunately was a Muslim and thus the lady stereotyped the world of Muslims to be such and rationalizing her reasons to turning out to be a lesbian, as the only man she knew turned out to be such... What a reason, What a logic and What a wit! I must say. The proceeding pages of the book go on to talk about how great and and how democratic the West is and how not-so-great her religion is (the trouble is, the writer has no sense of distinguishing between "Islam" and the contemporary "Muslims around her"; and thus she generalizes her version of Muslims with that of the whole religion). I had to stop after every minute or so and rethink if this "Islam" she's ranting about exists within us? No, seriously it doesn't. But it was the inner frustration that she had to take out on the religion because that was what she had been faced with (unfortunately) and thus she assumed that the whole lot of Muslims are such.Moving on towards her series of accusations where she (considering herself the scholar and a great journalist that she is)provides two different verses of Quran and compares them and finally concludes that far from being perfect, this book is amazingly confused within itself and thus questions its authority of how it would even teach its followers to lead. The clearest, simplest and the easiest answer to this is that Quran talks in context. Quran is a deep but increasingly simple book. All one needs to do is read it within context and one will know why it says something in one verse and the other in another. It is thus not about Quran saying different things but us perceiving different things out of it, which unfortunately the dear dimwitted author misses.I'll keep adding little flaws in the book that she has narrated time and again. One of the most important things that Miss Manji has missed is that she herself lacks the proper knowledge and expertise on the Holy book that she lays her accusations upon. And she must know that as a journalist, you have no right to attack upon someone/thing until you have a firm and complete knowledge of it.I haven't finished the book yet but the last comment I'll make before I finish is that this attempt of writing is by someone who is extremely frustrated by her part of world where Muslims live and at the same time, extremely inspired by "that" part of West where she lives while her book also revolves around that part, which she unmistakably has thought to be the whole story.

  • Lawrence
    2019-02-09 11:53

    An open letter to Muslims and others, this book asks some tough questions about religion and faith. It looks at the nature of religion, but more importantly the relationship of people of faith to their essential texts, their fellow believers, and to others. The questions it poses are tough ones because they do not allow a passive approach to religion and faith. They assume that the individual - indeed the community - of faith has obligations and responsibilities that cannot be passed off by resorting to rote memorization, selective recitation of sacred texts, deflection, and/or reliance on God's will. But the book isn't all just criticism: there's a discussion of ideas - however naive and simple they might come across - for making a difference, the least of which are asking tough questions of ourselves and creating the possibility of open debate. "Ijtihad" may well be a plan of action that people of all faiths should embrace.

  • Nanny SA
    2019-02-12 11:18

    Buku ini banyak mengundang pro dan kontra jadi ketika membaca buku ini aku berusaha mengosongkan pikiran supaya bisa lebih jernih mencerna.Irshad Manji bercerita tentang pengalaman hidupnya; tentang keluarga , lingkungan sejak dia kecil sampai dewasa dan kehidupan keagamaannya.Sayang ketika dalam masa pertumbuhan dia mempunyai pengalaman yang tidak menyenangkan berkaitan dengan lingkungan sosial ( juga keagamaannya).Terasa dalam pemaparannya kemarahan atau ketidaksukaannya pada cara beragama orang-orang disekitarnya yang kemudiaan terasa terlalu melebar. Tapi itulah mungkin pengalaman yang selama ini dia jumpai. Walaupun tidak semua jalan pikirannya bisa diterima tapi ada juga yang harus kita akui bahwa 'demikian lah adanya' yang selama ini terjadi. Gugatan dia mengenai perempuan / muslimah di beberapa tempat mengingatkan ku pada novel-novel Nawal el Saadawi tentang perempuan-perempuan di Timur Tengah yang terpuruk dalam dominasi pria dengan dalih agama hingga menjadi warga negara kelas 2, atau buku-bukunya Jeffrey Lang tentang kaum muslimah di Amerika/Eropa, yang merasa tidak mempunyai hak yang sama terutama untuk berpendapat- juga atas nama agama.Inilah mungkin tradisi lokal yang menyertai penyebaran agama.Ada pengalaman pribadi yang 'mengesankan', yang pernah aku alami ketika melakukan perjalanan ibadah bersama rombongan KBRI Ryadh. Dalam perjalanan pulang dari Mekkah ke Ryadh setelah selesai melakukan ritual ibadah, rombongan kami( 1 bis ), berhenti di depan sebuah restoran dengan harapan dapat makan bersama, tapi.. apa yg terjadi ternyata rumah makan itu menyediakan ruangan hanya untuk pria, dan wanita bolehkah?...o ..ternyata ada juga ruangan 'darurat'yang disiapkan untuk wanita, bolehlah karena kami sudah lapar, berjalanlah kami para wanita ke bagian belakang dan tenyata.. ruangan itu adalah sebuah gudang pengap yang 'terpaksa' dirapikan :(- , dan bagaimana sikap kami, kembali ke bis !! Biarlah kami kelaparan dan makan seadanya yang ada di bis daripada..daripada.. merasa 'terhina' :). para pria pun tentunya tidak jadi makan dan ikut kembali ke bis :D...Kejadian ini sudah bertahun-tahun lewat entahlah sekarang masih demikian atau sudah berubah. Mungkin itulah adat kebudayaan mereka , ya sudahlah-.. tapi tentunya adat kebudayaan ini tidak bisa diterima di semua tempat walaupun mempunyai kepercayaan yang sama.Mudah-mudahan Irshad Manji banyak bertemu dengan orang-orang beragama yang mempunyai wawasan lebih luas dengan yang selama ini kerap dijumpainya.

  • Robin
    2019-02-01 13:17

    This book is full of facts and real-life truths. In this open letter, a call for reform of Islam, Manji makes a compelling case for worshiping strategically rather than tactically. Among many other astoundingly insightful points, she says that one of the biggest hurdles for Muslims is the tendency to apply the Qur’an as though the practitioners still lived centuries ago, in a desert civilization, following behavior and rules that made sense then but might no longer apply, given the knowledge and social infrastructure to which we have access today. Manji is a journalist who has traveled broadly in the Islamic world, and in making her point she speaks openly and honestly about her experiences with the practices common to fundamentalist versions of Islam, including what it’s like to conform fully with the traditional dress and demeanor of a strict Muslim woman. The waste, as she sees it, of fully half of Islam’s humanity as the rights — and brains — of women are dismissed, screams for the reform she seeks.Manji is a devout Muslim. She is a lesbian. And she lives behind bullet-proof glass.

  • Julaybib
    2019-01-31 08:06

    I read the Indonesian edition that I downloaded from the author's website. This book is pretty much about a girl throwing a tantrum because she's raised by an abusive father, who also happens to be a muslim, and because she's also one of those unlucky few who happened to be surrounded by muslims with questionable characters. Reading the book can be exhausting because the writing style is similar to teenagers moaning about their obnoxious neighbor.It's very hard to take this book seriously, because even though the title of the Indonesian edition is acceptable, the original title in English showed the author's inability to differentiate between Islam and muslims. The majority of her complains about Islam is actually bad practices by muslims as a result of a bad interpretation of the Islamic teachings. It's almost as ridiculous as reading someone complaining about christianity because he/she happened to have a bad experience with the Ku Klux Klan or the IRA.I snickered when I read her story about an annoying cousin. Her mother told her to be nice to him/her because he/she is a relative, but she refused because blood relation is not something objective, and it's his/her personality that can be measured objectively. Well, duh! Blood relations can be measured objectively (you can do DNA test or examine the birth certificate to prove it), but someone's personality through another person's eye is a subjective matter! In my opinion her inability to differentiate between subjective and objective facts clearly ruins any possibilities of intellectual insights on difficult social issues concerning the implementation of Islamic values in societies with diverse cultural backgrounds.It seems that her self-learning on Islam undermines her ability to see some issues in insightful manner. The danger of self-learning is that sometimes you only learn things that interest you, rather than things that you need to know. Thus you only emphasize your bias that you already have, which in her case is probably the hatred toward muslims around her. It's true that she has opened herself to discussions with anyone, but I think her combative style will turn many people off. The only people she attracts will likely be like-minded people and fundamentalists eager to prove their faith.The book may be an interesting read when I was younger, hot-blooded know-it-all. But right now I have other things to do and many more interesting stuff to explore.

  • Marty Solomon
    2019-01-26 12:54

    I read this book as the final read in a personal search for an elementary understanding of Islam. I thoroughly enjoyed the read and cannot speak into her deeper thoughts or methods, since I am mostly ignorant. For those that do not know Manji, she is definitely a progressive Muslim who critiques her faith for it's blind following of tribal Islam (and what she later calls "foundamentalism" - idolizing the foundation of the faith).She calls the reader to take part in "ijtihad", an ancient Islamic tradition of independent thinking and innovative evaluation of the faith's orthopraxy; she claims that the faith as a whole has refused to think for itself, ask good questions and stand up to the tribal leadership of Islam. The book was a refreshing read. There were many parts of the book that made me think; here is one of my favorite quotes:"But none of this has to mean that Islam is the problem. After all, most of the world's Muslims - that is outside the Middle East - live in electoral democracies... That makes sense if Muslims are a community brought together by their faith in God. Everyone says we are. We believe we are. We must be."Suppose we are not. Suppose we're not really joined by faith in God, but by submission to a particular culture. Could it be that Islam, even of the passive sort, is more a faith in the ways of the desert than the wisdom of the divine, and that Muslims are taught to imitate the power dynamics of an Arabian tribe, where sheikhs rule the roost and everyone else chafes under their rule?"

  • Alex Rudolph
    2019-01-22 10:13

    You cannot be serious - this book made me so mad that I felt compelled to write my first ever Goodreads review. TTWIT will surely please anyone who likes FOX News or thinks that all Muslims are terrorists. I am not Muslim but I was appalled at how easily Manji sold out her religion and fellow believers. The book has extremely conservative leanings, and will leave anyone who is critical of the Israeli military/government with a sour taste in their mouth. Manji came to many of the book's conclusions after reading the Qur'an, Hadith, and other religious writings. By giving Muslim women access to these documents and an opportunity to critically examine their own religion, Manji believes that women need not experience Islam in a patriarchal way. At first I was all, woo, empowerment, yea! But the second part of Manji's solution involves Global Democracy and a patently disrespectful encroachment upon cultures that don't necessarily live according to Western values. She reminds me of FEMEN, Laura Bush, and white feminism all rolled into one. I cringed again and again as Manji distanced Islam from values like justice, fairness, and equality. Is Manji trying to appease Westerners living in a post 9-11 society, or does she truly find Islam and Muslim culture so distasteful? If so, why does she identify as a Muslim? I believe Manji, who calls herself a refusenik, holds onto *just* enough of her Muslim identity in order to make her argument that much more credible. A book denouncing Islam written by a Muslim - this is a wet dream for anyone who wants to spread Islamophobia AND avoid being called a racist. No wonder this book was so popular in the United States. Manji conveniently does not mention the burgeoning Muslim feminist movement in Malaysia, which began almost 15 years before this book was written. I'd be less suspect of Manji if she didn't gloss over the MANY scholars who are reinterpreting controversial sections of the Qur'an (subjects including polygamy, mahram, and domestic violence). She also glosses over the burgeoning LGBTQ Muslim community. While her struggle to reconcile intolerant attitudes with her sexuality is certainly valid, her erasure of other LGBTQ Muslims is misleading and unacceptable. By neglecting to mention this vibrant community, Manji frames homosexuality and Islam as if they were water and oil.Manji also comes off as hypocritical. How can Manji call herself a feminist when she considers the hijab to be oppressive? Many women choose to wear this hijab as a sign of their devotion, and there is nothing in the Qur'an that mandates wearing a head covering. Besides, if you're going to claim that the hijab is misogynistic, make sure you talk about the countless other religions in which women wear head coverings.-- There are many Muslims who are working hard to reinterpret patriarchal readings (and thus practice) of the Qur'an that condone violence, misogyny, and the withholding of rights from women. I hope that if people do read this book, they consult other resources before coming to a conclusion about Islam, Muslim culture, or how to move forward in our global, heterogeneous, multicultural world.

  • Omer Eldirdiri
    2019-02-11 06:20

    I read this book several years back at a time I myself was having difficulties with Islam, the religion in which I was born.. There are verses in the Quraan which are great, but there are verses which I though were impossible to label as great, especially those which regarded women as subordinates to men, those which denigrate the Jews and describe them as descendants of monkeys and pigs, those which describe the Bible as a counterfeit scripture, and those which called for the killing of people who refused to believe in Mohammed as a prophet of God. Besides, there are so many other verses which humiliate the human mind and project on the presumed God the dark side of the human character. The author of the book revealed her sexual orientation as a lesbian. And although there is nothing clear about lesbianism in the Quraan in particular and in Islam in general, this point would definitely have a compounding effect on her situation as a woman in Islam. Irshad Manji also pointed out her resentment of the verse in the Quraan which permitted the man to beat his wife if he merely 'feared' his wife was a perverse, no evidence needed.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-11 13:19

    I am so glad that a Muslim is asking the hard questions that I am sure most people have been asking. I just wish that this book had inspired more discussion throughout that community. She certainly brings a lot of discrepancies to light that need to be addressed and her whole idea of following "desert tribalism" has a lot to be said about this.Having lived in Saudia Arabia for two years, I certainly had asked many of the same questions that she has asked. I commend her courage to write this book.

  • John
    2019-02-02 08:03

    I was going to give this one four stars, but really can't as the book seemed drawn out by the last 25% - 30% or so. Manji's main point that defining Islam via seventh-century Arabian culture just doesn't work, as well as her implication that like the Bible, the Koran may not be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, as far as the "accuracy" of what Muhammad really said (meant) is spot on!

  • S.A. Alenthony
    2019-01-22 08:05

    A few days ago, while in the grocery store checkout line, I found myself scanning the rack of idiot magazines and tabloids. Between the obligatory images of Angelina and the preternaturally beaming Rachel Ray, I saw this headline on the National Examiner’s cover: “Obama’s Top-Secret Meetings With Muslims: His Shocking Pact With The Enemy.”This is moronic at several levels. What bothered me the most was not that some portion of the population might seriously believe President Obama to be involved in such a conspiracy, but rather, that their worldviews are so simplistic that they categorically see Muslims as “enemies” of the United States. And what’s more, I reckoned, the majority of such people are almost certainly a subset of those that assert “America is a Christian Nation.” I thought of that embarrassment to my home state of Minnesota, the unnamed woman at a John McCain town hall meeting from October of 2008, that suggested that Obama was “… an Arab!”These instances are bona fide examples of what has been termed “Islamaphobia.” I’ve seen it firsthand, too, in the form a devout Catholic, conservative coworker of mine, that often voices a concern that will we all one day be forced to “wear a diaper on our head and bow to the east.”It behooves us nontheists, then, when we take the occasion to put Islam in our sights, to do so with the clarity, even-handedness, and care that these fundamentalist Christians eschew. Pointing out that Islam, as a set of beliefs, is chock full of absurdities and dangerous notions is certainly not a form of prejudice. Just because some bigots continue to paint a huge swath of humanity with a very broad brush should not prevent us from denouncing the irrationalities and consequences of believing in nonsense, regardless of what corner of the globe the nonsense comes from.In the way of offering an outstanding example of a blistering and fair attack on Islam that is not “Islamaphobic”, I recommend one that comes from a practitioner of the same faith: Irshad Manji. Her critique is in a book called The Trouble With Islam Today.Manji calls herself a Muslim “Refusenik”: an openly lesbian, feminist, progressive Muslim whose religious views are so far removed from mainstream Islam that it is difficult, for me at least, to consider her an adherent to the same core faith as most Muslims. Her book is as fiercely critical of the problems with Islam as is Sam Harris’ The End of Faith. Where it differs is that, by mounting her assault on fundamentalism from within the tradition (as a Muslim championing change, as opposed to a non-Muslim calling for it), she is more likely to gain an audience among those that most need to hear the message. And this is nothing to sneeze at.The book begins in the form of an open letter to all Muslims: a shockingly candid letter that has probably earned her a few death threats. “Islam is on very thin ice with me,” she begins, and then goes on to identify the unique features and problems endemic to the faith she was raised in: “The trouble with Islam today is that literalism is going mainstream, worldwide.” She even acknowledges that fact about the genealogical paths of belief that many others won’t admit: “Most of us Muslims aren’t Muslims because we think about it, but rather because we’re born that way.”Manji looks at a number of issues with important ramifications: The preponderance of fundamentalism, tribalism, the mistreatment of women (”Those who wish to flog women on the flimsiest of charges can get the necessary backup from the Koran”), terror (”Being self-critical means coming clean about the nasty side of the Koran, and how it informs terrorism”), and the tension with the west (”We can’t pin our basest ills on America. The cancer begins with us.”) And while some of the book is aimed at Muslims, imploring them to take a very hard look at what they believe and how they behave, she is refreshing in her advocacy that Islam should be put under the microscope by the rest of us: Note to non-Muslims: Dare to ruin the romance of the moment. Open societies remain open because people take the risk of asking questions–out loud. Questions like, “Why is it so easy to draw thousands of Muslims into the streets to denounce France’s ban on the hajib, but impossible to draw even a fraction of those demonstrators into the streets to protest Saudi Arabia’s imposition of the hijab? … Non-Muslims do the world no favors by pushing the moral mute button as soon as Muslims start speaking. Dare to ruin the moment.It goes without saying that, as I am an atheist, I still regard the watered-down Islam that Manji practices to have features just as much at odds with reality as those in other, more traditional religions. But while progressive theists like her have worldviews dissimilar from our naturalistic one, they share with us much common ground, in that they too seek a world free of theocracy, religious intolerance, and fundamentalism. They are some of the best friends that the non-religious have. The Trouble With Islam Today is a good example of pushing for change from within–change that could lead to a more secular, humane, and peaceful version of a what is still a very immature religion. Will that ever happen with Islam? I’ve no idea, but I welcome Manji’s attempt to make it happen. As much as many of us would like to see religious belief simply jettisoned altogether, it isn’t realistic to expect that to happen anytime soon. I’ll gladly accept believers moving to a more progressive, liberal kind of religion as a second choice.

  • Amit
    2019-01-31 06:16

    A frank read asserting the need for Muslims to cast off the authoritarian undertones and tribal zealotry that has become entrenched in the Islamic faith. Manji succeeds in providing a well researched thought provoking narrative without losing her own voice. However, whether her brand of Islam can successfully gain widespread appeal over the mainstream faith and stand consistently with scriptural teachings/theology for that matter remains ambiguous. Furthermore, the text does not provide a answer to whether Islam as a faith can in fact be untangled from a imperialism that has historically existed along side it. After all, it should be noted that Ijithad so praised in the text was also initially a central policy that served the adaptive needs of a burgeoning expansionary Islamic Empire in the times of the Caliphs. Nevertheless, Manji's criticism of the mainstream practice of Islam and personal determination not only to remain a Muslim but to engineer/proliferate a reformed interpretation of the religion is ambitious and praiseworthy.

  • Jean Tessier
    2019-02-07 11:17

    Irshad came to give a talk at Google and they were handing out her book. The talk was engaging and I decided to read the book to see more of what she had to say.It is really nice to see a perspective of Islam from the inside. Irshad questions many aspects of her religion but wants to hold on to it, so she seeks answers that can reconcile her with it rather than turn her away from it. It is very personal and thought provoking.Towards the end, she touches upon the concept of individuality, the ability for each one of us choose who we want to be and contribute to society, each in our own way. This resonates with a feeling I had at previous jobs where I felt I didn't have to toe the party line all the time as long as I was being constructive most of the time. There are always those who feel that everybody must accept the mindshare all the time and who believe in conformity instead of diversity of ideas.

  • Holly Garza
    2019-01-23 07:09

    yeah.... so much to say.Nothing more than someone with a corrupt aqueda, lack of minhaj and fulfilling her desires. Any of us can whine about "bad people". The reality is every culture, every race, every Religion, and EVERY Nation has crazy, bad, lazy, rude, lonely, judgmental and harsh people.I don't like seatbelts, I don't like paying for insurance but I have to, it's the law. Same concept here whining about Islam and a few questionable people or practices does not make one right. Very much like me whining about wearing a seatbelt won't make the whole law and concept wrong or needing revision.There is so much more to be said but frankly everyone has their own opinion and I don't have enough time to waste typing all my personal thoughts out.

  • +Chaz
    2019-01-25 12:54

    Just about every page has marks on it after I read the book. Although simply written, and perhaps deliberately so for her target audience, she opens our eyes to the challenges of the Islamic religion. A brave woman who is willing to risk her life for the things she believes her faith followers need to address. The West attacks Islam for its perceived backwardness and violence. The reader must understand that Islam is not the only religion that spawns violence; Christians, for almost 2000 years have distorted the words of Christ into a bloody soldier who kills first, and then sorts out His people. We are perhaps all in the same boat in a very large ocean. Her book enlightens, and therefore a must read for those with only a shallow understanding of Islam.

  • Saleem Khashan
    2019-01-31 06:06

    This is a stupid book and understandably it comes from someone from a Pakistani origin, you see social matrix of Pakistan is full of brutal tribal in-justful brutality. For her to suggest she understand Islam while trying to bring to line after line of what George Bush would say is just absurd. I think this is a writer with a no dick syndrome who grew in a family and an environment far away from understanding of Islam.You know what she doesn’t even deserve an appropriate review, because I am tired of bringing facts like those so called extremist are made by certain people in certain countries and first and foremost they kill Muslims. Enjoy your brain and vibrators.

  • Svetlana
    2019-02-02 08:12

    Amazing book, just what we need. Open and honest conversation on what are the problems with modern islam and how to overcome it. Written by a Muslim, who loves Islam. And the author is an amazing brave person - my role model! I am amazed she has not been killed by a fanatic for her brave stance and unflinching honesty (and for being open gay)....praying for her. The book was banned in Malaysia and quite a few other countries. But it can be downloaded for free in many languages from her web-site.

  • irwan
    2019-02-12 13:08

    This book is thought-provoking for moslems since the author launches critical questions on Islam. The readers should carefully digest Irshad's arguments which give impression that she 'attacks' Islamic teachings. I enjoy reading this book because Irshad challenges us to be critical toward religion.

  • Irwan
    2019-02-18 08:53

    Interesting issues to raise. Badly written. The author seems to take personal issues and try to generalize them with little basis on what she is attacking.I was really put off by the way the argumentation was developed. Couldn't understand why this book make such a fuss.

  • Hanan Muzaffar
    2019-01-27 08:19

    A very bold book. Manji is funny, but I doubt if her sense of humor would be tolerated by most Muslims who read her book. Tough love. That’s what she calls it. Muslims (or Islam today) needs someone to shake them/it into waking up to the reality of today. She argues that Islam is in big trouble – basically stemming from her own inability to fully accept what she has been taught in school regarding a faith that deprives her from the right to ask questions. And it is our job as Muslims to rescue Islam.“By writing this open letter,” Manji begins her book, “I’m not implying that other religions are problem-free. Hardly. The difference is, libraries abound in books about the trouble with Christianity. There’s no shortage of books about the trouble with Judaism. We Muslims have a lot of catching up to do in the dissent department. Whose permission are we waiting for?” (4)She then talks about attending Saturday classes for Muslims in Toronto where “wherever classes congregated within the side expanse of that room, a partition would tag along. Worse was the partition between mind and soul. In my Saturday classes I learned that if you’re spiritual, you don’t think. If you think, you’re not spiritual.” (11)Her biggest problem, it seems, is that Islam, or modern practices of Islam, not only lack any tolerance for other religions, but lack tolerance for any interpretations of the Quran that go against the general agreement reached years ago, and against the laws decreed by a few clergy who all belong to only a small portion of the Muslim world today.In her books she calls for a reform of Islam, but she is not shy to argue that such reform can take on any issue, including issues of whether or not the Quran, as we have it today, is perfect (citing examples of its deliverance to the Prophet and the final accumulation of it under hasty circumstances).To the Arab reader, her attack on modern Islam might not be the worst. She almost directly praises the Israeli government and people for their ability to create a country, though based on religion, but one that is more open for freedom of thought and interpretation, an open-mindedness that she sees to be the cause of the major problem with Islam today.But as she says in the first few pages: “Is that a heart attack you’re having? Make it fast.” (2)August 31, 2009

  • Audrey
    2019-02-18 06:13

    The Trouble With Islam Today is a book written by Irshad Manji about the many troubling problems with Islam in the modern day right now. Tribal insularity, anti-semitism, status and treatment of Muslim women, and manifesto of God’s will are a few of the problems that this book addresses and discusses. The Trouble With Islam Today is an open letter to Muslims and non-Muslims. Irshad Manji really goes in depth with all the topics she includes in the book. She really puts in authentic and meaningful insights, making me question myself too. Learning about Islam I always hear how it is despised by other religions and races a lot, but I also hear how it is the fastest growing religion in the world and the great dedication and devotion Muslims put into their religion. But we don’t really hear the problems that Islam has with itself. Most of the time, we hear the criticism that is made at Islam and regard that as the trouble and conflict. In middle school and high school I’ve mostly been aware of the struggles Islam has with the Western society, but in this book I got to see the other side, the problems it faces with Arabs and Islam’s own people. Furthermore, I think that this is a great book because of the person Irshad Manji is. She is an open lesbian Muslim, who wrote a book about the problems of her own religion. The book itself and the words she speaks out are very brave, which makes it worth reading. Her story is inspiring, because in the book she talks about how she has had a rough childhood with her family and racism and sexism. In a way I’m not sure how I feel about how she compared her personal life with the troubles with Islam, because it sort of felt like she had something to blame. But then, I think again and without that background knowledge of her hard childhood the book would not have been as realistic without the firsthand evidence and experience. Overall I recommend this book; it gives and insightful view from a fresh and different perspective, and it taught me a lot about Islam, venturing even more than the troubles with Islam today.

  • Qhlueme
    2019-02-01 14:16

    I did not care much for the pages detailing the author's journalist accomplishments and endeavours. After a while, I cared more about her personal recollections and experiences as a Muslim. Mostly I appreciated the descriptions of the people and places she visited, the reminders of earlier Islam as a more progressive, ijtihad-promoting culture. Her analysis of the historical changes and current internal conflicts hit home with me. I am glad she changed the title of the book. I agree with her division of people who claim to be Muslims ("Islamicists"?) into those who seek to develop Islamic understanding and culture, and share that knowledge and experience with others, as against callous opportunists who have altered Islamic teaching and history, in order to promote a narrow tribal theology. Islam calls for no clergy, yet throughout the Islamic world, according to the author, self-perpetuating clergy pontificate on Islam and demand unswerving obedience to their particular interpretations among all the myriad of interpretations being presented by various groups as the will of Allah. The writing style is journalistic, if that wasn't obvious. The insights are often personal, intimate, moving; and just as often her observations on history, the treatment of inferiors, and openness to reason, are profound and persusasive.

  • Andrew
    2019-01-22 13:07

    Does she have arguments? Or just anecdotes? I can't tell.Let's face it, Wahhabism sucks. Big time. But screeds like this aren't the best way to discourage a revanchist, Islamist right. For instance, she decries the victimology of modern Islam, and she's right that colonialism isn't the sole source of the present Middle East tensions. She suggests that we move beyond the "vicitimology" of postcolonialism. However, she replaces it with a new victimology, claiming that while Muslims are currently incapable of standing up to archconservative imams. In this way, she plays into one of the worst imperialist presumptions, that in lieu of colonialism, even more untrustworthy native strongmen will inevitably rise to power. Is this what progressivism has been reduced to?When we look at her strategies for change-- microfinance, women's education, and using the Internet as a tool for discourse-- it's hard to disagree with their validity. And I honestly wish her the best in these regards. I just wish she was less of an asshole in her writing.

  • Hamad
    2019-01-20 06:54

    Did not significantly learn anything new from this book. After reading Ziauddin Sardar, this book pales in comparison and unfortunately only scratches the surface. Unfortunate because this scratch looks more like pandering to the Western neo-colonialist mindset, although many of her points are valid and should be looked into with careful attention by the Muslim intelligentsia. Appreciated:Her candor, ability to look at multiple arguments and her courage to question (although imlpying that many Muslims do not question is also inaccurate and misleading).Not appreciated:Her unbalanced comparisons of the actions of Muslims (both mainstream and not) with Westerners, Christians and Jews, all of who have very different histories, experiences and power relations with one another. This difference was never expounded upon and hence her conclusions (though true) are based on 'blame the victim' ideology.Before or after reading this, please also read Ziauddin Sardar's "Looking for Paradise" for a more meaningful understanding of the same issues.

  • Nicole
    2019-02-03 07:20

    I really enjoyed this book, and found it very easy to read. What made it very hard to get through was my constant note-taking as so many of the things described by the writer were things I wanted to know more about. A controversial title for sure, but a very Islam-friendly book with a lot of interesting information about Islamic- Jewish relations and a very interesting look at Israel -- from a very Muslim viewpoint. I think this book would be a great read for any Muslim interested in learning more about peaceful co-existence with Jews and Christians; for Jews interested in reading a Muslim's positive accounts of Judaism and Israel; and for non-Muslims and non-Jews (such as myself) with a profound interest in both these great religions and the languages, cultures, and peoples surrounding them.

  • Cristina
    2019-02-18 12:08

    i often begin reading a book with no assumptions other than the likely fact this book will tell me something i don't know - about a place, a story, a person, an idea. that being said, the increasing media exposure to islamic people, practices, and the religion itself (often in a negative context) prompted me to do some of my own searching on the subject. i picked this book up because the author is a well-educated westerner (albeit canadian, eh) in touch with her religion and her culture. i knew she would present her story within my own frame of reference - as i don't pretend that i can easily empathise with authoresses born and bred in islamic culture. i'm actually unsure if i can make the assumption that there ARE any. and i cannot say i agree or disagree with the conclusions she reaches about islam, but i do understand her questions.

  • Dan
    2019-02-11 06:02

    Not too bad. I learned some interesting things I didn't know about muslims. It was a fortuitous time that I was reading this, as the Koran burning had just taken place, and the UN workers were killed over in Afghanistan. I remember thinking "why would they kill innocent people, who had nothing to do with burning the Koran!" And then I got to the part in the book about how desert arabs view the world in "Tribes" mentality, so if one person in one tribe brings insult to their tribe, then it is perfectly ok for them to harm anybody in the other tribe. Pretty archaic thinking, but that seems to be the norm for desert arab muslims. I hope that Irshad's message of reform and bringing tolerance to the muslim faith come to fruition.

  • Rika
    2019-02-15 12:05

    Buku yang cukup menarik. Selalu menyenangkan membaca pengalaman keagamaan orang. Cerita-cerita Irshad tentang kehidupan pemeluk Islam di beberapa negara baik barat dan timur juga lumayan menambah informasi, tetapi tidak ada yang baru bagiku. Irshad manji juga tidak cukup menguasai khazanah keislaman untuk bisa menambah wawasan, malah ada beberapa "pergulatan pemikiran"nya yang terasa naif. Bandingkan misalnya dengan khaled abou fadl (hehe..perbandingan yang tidak adil ya..)But overall, i would love to read more books like this

  • Tariq Mahmood
    2019-01-26 14:15

    What a book, a complete and exhaustive list of everything wrong with Islam today from one of it's very own. irshad is a reformist with a mission, I wish her well in her endeavour. She is a courageous girl who will succeed, I am sure. I particularly enjoyed the comparison she made between muons of North America and Europe. I think Europe has to do a lot of answering for it's treatment of Muslims as second and third class citizens. Well dome Irshad, may God give you strength.

  • Christy
    2019-01-30 13:11

    Written by a lesbian Muslim born in Uganda and raised in Canada, this is a fantastic, challenging book. Manji delves into questions about her own faith and insists that Muslims around the world read and interpret the Koran for themselves, reviving the tradition of ijtihad - critical thinking.