The Trouble with Islam Today

The Trouble with Islam Today

Irshad Manji

4.1.2007

Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji is an author, journalist, and activist. Manji is director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University. The Moral Courage Project teaches young leaders to speak truth to power in their own communities. She is a well-known critic of radical Islam and orthodox interpretations of the Qur'an. Manji's book, "The Trouble with Islam Today", has been published in over 30 languages, including Arabic, Persian, Urdu and Malay. Her PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear has received wide acclaim. It chronicles Manji's journey to reconcile faith and freedom. Oprah Winfrey's magazine has given Irshad the first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction.”

In a public address at the Clinton School, author Irshad Manji speaks about her book The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith. She seeks to revive the Muslim tradition of ijtihad, which she defines as “critical thinking.” Manji argued that critical thinking will help not only combat what she described as the violent fringe of Islam but the inhibitions that help fuel terrorism.