The Trouble With Islam

The Trouble With Islam

A Wake-up Call for Honesty and Change

Book - 2003
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Publisher: Toronto, ON : Random House, 2003.
ISBN: 9780679312505
0679312501
Characteristics: 247 p. ;,20 cm.

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Darryl
Feb 07, 2011

Irshad Manji does a good job of bringing up the significant issues facing Islam in contemporary times. Her argument does have some issues though.

Manji completely breaks down most of mainstream Islam's general structure and organization. She's critical of seemingly everything. It's a wonder that she considers herself a Muslim at all.

That is where her argument stumbles, Manji argues that it's possible to be the antithesis of contemporary Muslims. However, she demonstrates the absurdity and brutality that is prevalent in all mainstream religions. Ultimately, Manji's argument seems more like it can be read as a push for believing in God outside of any modern religious structure, including Islam.

Finally, even though Manji seems to think her book is providing a means of becoming a more progressive Muslim, I got the feeling that the book more demonstrates the need for societies around the world to move away from the inherently destructive force of organized religion in order to achieve positive change.

It's a good read, Manji peppers the book with humour and jokes making sure that it's at least never a boring narrative.

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