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Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

3.45  ·  Rating Details ·  232 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a path for Muslims and non-Muslims to transcend the fears that stop so many of us from living with honest-to- God integrity: the fear of offending others in a multicultural world as well as the fear of questioning our own communities. Since publishing her international bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today, Manji has moved ...more
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Published June 14th 2011 by Atria Books (first published June 2011)
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Jul 28, 2016 Arvind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mind-blowing - This is perhaps the best book on d topic that I can recommend without any fear of offence to every1. The author deals with the troublesome relationship of Muslims and their religion to the West, and how the two can be reconciled.
However unlike bitter critics like Ayaan Hirsi Ali or apologists like Ramadan, Aslan, she does this both with a lot of empathy and finds answers within her religion without any apologism or half-truths. In her words, many moderates are limping towards libe
Aug 22, 2016 Betul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Ijtihad- Islam's own tradition of dissenting, reasoning, and reinterpreting. It is about struggling to understand our world by using our minds."

I almost NEVER read any nonfiction books and if I do it is rarely about religion. But this book has been on my mind since the moment I saw the author on CNN talking about Islam. While I was watching her and hearing what she had to say, I found someone who was thinking the same way I do about religion. I was so excited to hear that she had written two bo
Heather Leiran-Gassman
The book is expressly written for Muslim and non-Muslim readers, however I think that non-Muslims would prefer a condensed version of this book coupled with some chapters on the Muslim faith in general. Our bookclub of non-Muslims definitely enjoyed parts of the book and had a very good discussion, but most had a hard time getting through a number of the chapters. All of us gave the book a partial thumbs down vote.

In the book, Manji spends too much time going through her hatemail and responding
May 06, 2011 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So poignant and amazing, Manji is definitely an author to check out. The chapter "Culture is not Sacred" is applicable to all faiths, people and nations.
Sep 28, 2011 Selena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I agree with Manji's message and mission, but this book could have used some serious editing for conciseness, flow and the removal and Manji's gigantic ego.
Syahira Sharif
Oct 01, 2013 Syahira Sharif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been curious about reading this book for a while ever since all the hype about the book being banned and someone was arrested for selling it and another for publishing it and people of all sort being trying to demonize the book that I decided to pick this one up and see what was all the fuss about. Will I get in trouble for reading this? Well, they didn't exactly ban the English version so I probably will escape scot-free and since I am not a distributor, no one can legally stop me from rea ...more
Mar 14, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-idea-of-god
I loved this book immediately! Irshad Manji writes exactly how she speaks, which might frustrate some readers, but I found it made the book light hearted. Considering the tricky and sensitive subject matter, I think it is a good technique.

I did get a bit bored by the end of chapter 5 (which may have something to do with nice weather). I felt is written for a Muslism audience, but since most Muslims that should read this won't, it was good in helping me figure out ways to converse. Like on pg 17
Aug 09, 2011 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heard the author Irshad Manji, on CBC radio and she was fantastic - funny, informative and compelling. Her position is that people of the world need moral courage. That people in general and Muslims in particular are confusing faith with dogma and that is a horrible mistake. Westerners are too afraid of being labelled a bigot to denounce obvious atrocities practiced in the Muslim culture, for example female circumcision and stoning, beheading etc.
It is a real refreshing view and it certainly, wh
Jun 16, 2014 Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The value in reading Irshad Manji's books lies in dealing with the questions. Everyone can benefit from reading "Allah, Liberty and Love", whether Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, etc. She simply asks for us to challenge ourselves to think for ourselves, to examine our entrenched assumptions, and to trust that it is better for us to question, think and pursue truth rather than to passively accept what religious "authorities" dictate. Even multicultural relativists come up agains ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-finished, islam
Irshad Manji wasted most of the book defending herself instead of providing insightful commentary into Islam and the plethora of perspectives within the religion. Although I view Manji as a courageous and admirable woman, her book missed the mark. Negativity and attacks should have been supplanted with thoughful dialogue, which Manji is more than capable of engaging in.
Mohd Nordin Che Omar
I read the Malay version of this book distributed by ZI Publications S/B. I disagree with what the author has written as its totally deviate from the truly teaching of Islam as per the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad SAW (PBU).
Terri Jacobson
An incredible overview of Muslims in the world today. An incredible author. Shows paths to reconciliation in the world today.
Sep 18, 2011 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The colloquial style is sometimes distracting, but you should not let that prevent you from hearing about multiple viewpoints on faithful Islam.
Jul 13, 2013 Shirin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Irshad doesn't have to sell to me. I am a 'heretic' too. But there are areas where my heresy differs from her. That said, it is not my place to say if i am right or she is wrong. The fact is we will never know till the day of judgement. To the Mullah that vilified her, good luck when it is your turn to face your Creator. You should pray hard to hope you are right.

Irshad is right AND wrong when she said the the Quran insist on people should pray but does not recommend ways of doing it. The Quran
Sep 14, 2016 Joanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminist-stuff
I was a little disappointed.
I liked Irshad Manji's first book. It was brash and perhaps a little naive, but so brave. Although we haven't chosen the same path, I valued what she had to say.
This time, I still respect the sentiments -- that's what kept me reading until the end -- but the writing just isn't as good as it should be. Manji's persona is self-conscious and at times a little egoistical. The text is repetitive and spends too much time telling us what it is going to say -- and not enough
Aug 18, 2012 Qonita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book could have gotten 5 points, but i took two away.

why 5 points? the content is great. unlike other reviewers, i really like how the author included those emails. i love hearing from real people, and reading this book has given me access to the diverse voice of her readers, which are the voice of anyone around the world, muslim or not. the author also included many stories from all over the world regarding problems caused by religions (mostly islam), which made me shocked with awe. all re
Michael Terpstra
This books helped me understand the many problems facing Muslims who want to live their faith in the 21st Century. The author, writes a very courageous book spelling out ways of overcoming obstacles facing whose who are trapped in the culture of our multicultural world. The book is organized around seven chapters that elaborate in detail seven lessons the author has developed from her experience gained from her previous book, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith ...more
Nabelle Ismakas
Sebagai seorg pembaca muslim, buku ini sangat terpesong bagi saya dari segi agama. Penulis mencurahkn 100% berdasarkan pendapat dia dan bukannya rujukan daripada agama. Tapi seperti penulis mahu megubah persepsi muslim terhadap agama mereka sndiri. Bagi penulis dia mahu mengubah pemikran muslim kuno kepada muslim modern. Padahal tiada istilah tersebut dalam agama islam. Tidak hairanlah beliau seorang lesbian yang tinggal di negara barat yang mahukan kebebasan dalam islam. Pada pandagn saya, hany ...more
Ishmael Seaward
Mar 18, 2012 Ishmael Seaward rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discard
I read her first book, "The Trouble with Islam Today". A key phrase from that book: "Islam is on thin ice with me." She then proceeded to explain why. It was interesting, but I didn't understand, given all the issues she had with the religion, why she didn't simply chuck it. So I figure this might throw more light on the subject.

Unfortunately, it didn't, so I simply stopped reading it. It consisted mainly of anecdotes, and why people, if the system is going to be changed, must stand up and throw
John Ison
Sep 03, 2012 John Ison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a wonderful script: clear, articulate, forceful, humorous but very serious at the same time. A devout Muslim, she very effectively segregates its values from its practice, its principles from the archaic Arab cultural dogma that has hijacked it. She is one of small cadre of champions tackling Muslim moderates and non-Muslim apologists head on, challenging them to take on the radical extremists who have come to dominate Islam over the past 700 years.

Irshad is an amazingly courageous and ins
Michael Zehabe
Nov 25, 2013 Michael Zehabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Manji and I do not share world views, but she's in my top ten favorite people. I don't know anyone who says it better: Whether you are Muslim, Christian, or Jewish, you have a duty to find and rectify the shortcomings in our religion.

That's the other compliment I have for this wise woman. She separates religion from holy text. I agree that no religion lives up to its holy text. Holy text helps us to identify and repair our religious and personal problems.

Westerners and Muslims are too afraid
I think it's high time Muslims were more critical of those who interpret the Koran - acting as moral guardians for the masses. There are passages in the Koran that ask people to show equal respect for men and women, yet those who have created Sharia law, seek to repress women's rights to maintain male power in backward societies. It's got to be challenged by Muslims themselves.For a book with a female prophet challenging the orthodox view of Islam, read Goochs Mosaic Deceptions. This woman Irsha ...more
Natya Nauri
Aug 02, 2013 Natya Nauri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For the first time, I was excited to read this book as it is banned in Indonesia (yes! forbidden books are more tempting to read!) But after I went through chapter 1, I decided not to finish reading it. Why? I completely agree with what the author thinks, that every religions teach about compassion, and extremism caused by the people, not by the religion. Very make sense! However, the way she wrote this book makes me completely off. The introduction part is still ok, but after that, I just found ...more
Riesna Zasly
Jun 05, 2014 Riesna Zasly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mendalami karya terjemahan dalam bahasa melayu "Allah, Kebebasan & Cinta" yang telah diharamkan edarannya dengan pedoman diri bahwa pembacaan adalah untuk menilai pemikiran si penulis.. kesimpulannya objektif buku ini dalam memperjuangkan keberanian moral dalam Islam amat menerujakan, dan seandainya difikirkan byk meninggalkan kesan positif dalam memotivasikan diri.. cuma ada beberapa perkara yang agak janggal dibentangkan dimana terpesong dari akidah Ahli Sunnah Wal Jamaah.. terutama tentan ...more
Susan Jaffe Pober
Oct 25, 2012 Susan Jaffe Pober rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irshad Manji is the director of the Moral Courage Project at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. But don't let that title scare you into thinking that this is a heavy scholarly work. It's a collection of her thoughts as well as the thoughts of her supporters and detractors about what we all can do to foster understanding between Muslims and non-Muslim. This is an oversimplification but if you've ever heard Irshad speak, you can hear her speaking the words of her book. And if ...more
Nov 09, 2015 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thought-provoking. Irshad's personality definitely comes through strongly in the book, which I think can be a very good thing if you're willing to have an open mind about what she is saying. I believe her book is an important contribution to a much-needed dialogue on accepting people for who they are and each of us living our faith in our own way without mistaking dogma for faith.
Nov 23, 2012 Dany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keberanian dan kejujuran seorang Manji mengantarkan ia pada sosok tuhan yang ia yakini untuk kemanusiaannya yang lebih baik. Dan yang lebih penting, ia menantang semua orang untuk berijtihad, istilahnya, dengan nafas kebebasan. -___-

Dan sejujurnya aku harus baca buku ini sekali lagi dan lagi sih. Ijtihad berulang-ulang kan gakpapa ya Manji? :)
Dec 08, 2013 Mar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Manji tries to respond rationally to what are often very emotionally charged issues; which means that while her argument makes sense, often in the heat of the moment individuals are unable to hear it. Liked her first book better.
Jan 03, 2014 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am blessed enough to be taking Irshad class. This book is amazing- great frames to question your values and ideologies as well as how to deal with those who push back on your ideas.

Speak truth to power- act with moral courage!
Second book by Irshad. As strong and honest as the first one. Just the feeling that quite a few things have already been said. Maybe unavoidable when you read two non-fiction books from the same authore on the same topic in a row.
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Irshad Manji (born 1968) is a Canadian Muslim feminist, author, journalist, and activist. Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University. The Moral Courage Project will teach 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. The New York Times has described her as "Osama bin ...more
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“Muslims need to wake up. They also need to start drinking wine, embrace any and all homoerotic tendencies, write some poetry and for the most part free themselves from the fundamentalist chains they have created (for themselves and everyone else!). The Muslim world will only be free when bars fill the streets and women show off their natural, feminine beauty. Muslims need to grow up and stop expecting everyone to be mindless sheep before a 1,400-year-old oral tradition. Nakedness will free Dar-el-Islam!” 4 likes
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