A "Muslim Refusenik" Speaks

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She may be Osama’s worst nightmare, but she’s keeping plenty of other Muslims up at night, too. Irshad Manji, a self-proclaimed Muslim Refusenik who would rather reform her faith than renounce it, is the author of “The Trouble with Islam.”

Not since a Salman Rushdie fable inspired a fatwa has a writer’s critical take on the faith sparked such controversy. A lesbian and a feminist, Manji argues for a more inclusive, more self-critical brand of Islam. One that searches its own soul for the source of its ills rather than blaming non-Muslims for them. But Manji’s open letter to her fellow faithful isn’t just an appeal, it’s an attack, and one that has even moderate voices of Islam striking back. Is Irshad Manji herself, In trouble with Islam?


Irshad Manji, author of “The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith”

Sheema Kahn, chair of the Council on American Islamic Relations Canada