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Mirror mirror on the wall.....,
This review is from: The Trouble with Islam Today: A Wake-Up Call for Honesty and Change (Paperback)
I congratulate Ms Manji on her bravery and her willingness to jeopardize her safety for the sake of expressing her views at a time when the order of the day among muslims is to silence any voice of dissent no matter how reasonable and peacuful that voice is.I agree with a lot of what Ms Manji says in her book about desert Islam and its rise in recent times. Her depiction of the ailments afflicting muslims today is quite accurate and rather disturbing and that probably explains the vitriolic response her book received from the majority of muslims. However, I think she got carried away in the chapter she wrote about the middle east conflict. While Arabs harbor a great deal of hostility towards Israel, I don't think Israel is as innocent and civilized as Ms Manji would lead us to believe in her book. Operation Ijtihad and solving the problems of the muslim world by turning muslim women into entrepreneurs sounds rather simplistic and naive.
Overall, the book is indeed a very good read. It forces those muslims who bothered to actually read it to look in the mirror and see the unflattering picture of their faith as it stands today. It is about time muslims dragged themselves into the 21st century and reconsidered their position on women, gays and lesbians, freedom of speech and freedom of faith among many other things. Good luck to Irshad in her quest to help achieve this.