Allah, Liberty and Love : The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom
Allah, Liberty, and Love is about creating choices beyond conforming or leaving the faith, which is what Manji hears from young Muslims who write to her in frustration, whose emails, letters, and conversations are included in this book. Manji writes, "I'll show struggling Muslims how to embrace a third option: reforming ourselves." Manji recounts many stories from young people who have contacted her for advice on how to step out of limiting views of Islam and the restrictions they put on life, love, family, and careers. Irshad Manji's message of moral courage, with stories about contemporary reformers such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and Islam's own Gandhi, inspire and show the way to practicing faith without fear. Her 7 Lessons Irshad addresses all people, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, in this universal message about the importance of independent thought and internal strength, of love, liberty, free speech, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 160 x 232 x 30mm | 458.13g
- 07 Jul 2011
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- The Free Press
- New York, United States
"Irshad Manji's Allah, Liberty and 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." -- Gloria Steinem "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 religion and spirituality will come of age." -- Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership: Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness "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, translator of The Koran "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, correspondent for 60 Minutes "In the Qur'an, God is not offended when the angels question Him. In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji asks powerful questions of God's self-appointed spokespeople. They will be affronted, but God is greater. Muslims like me cheer Irshad." -- Representative Keith Ellison "As a reporter, I have witnessed the impact of Irshad Manji's work on young Muslims in the Middle East. By listening to their ideas about how to use emerging technologies to circumvent state censors, Manji has reached a new generation of Arab activists and helped raise their democratic aspirations." -- Katherine Zoepf, Journalist and Schwartz fellow at the New America foundation "Like the uprisings against Middle East dictators, Allah, Liberty and 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. Irshad 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." -- Bill Moyers "Irshad Manji never gives up. In Allah, Liberty and Love, she chronicles her continuing struggle for an authentic Islamic reformation, one that she has rooted deeply in Islam's own traditions... Manji 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. Manji is at the forefront of some crucially important trends that are slowly changing the world of Islam."