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Author Irshad Manji
Irshad Manji Biography

Ms. Manji has just written THE TROUBLE WITH ISLAM: A MUSLIM'S CALL FOR REFORM IN HER FAITH. She reflects on the most fundamentalist aspects of Islam, her personal journey to arrive at this insider/outsider position, and the reprisals (including death threats) she is getting from people within her faith for being so outspoken.

Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji is an acclaimed journalist, author, TV personality and media entrepreneur based in Toronto. MS. magazine has named her a “Feminist for the 21st Century” and THE NEW YORK TIMES has dubbed her “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare.” She takes that as a compliment.

Currently, Manji is President of VERB, a TV channel being developed to engage young people on issues of global diversity. She also hosts BIG IDEAS, TVOntario’s weekly show aimed at college students, and is Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto.

From 1998-2001, Manji made media history as host and senior producer of Citytv’s QUEERTELEVISION, the world’s first program on commercial airwaves to explore the lives of gays and lesbians.

Manji's first book, RISKING UTOPIA: ON THE EDGE OF A NEW DEMOCRACY, chronicles how youth are redefining democracy in an age of fluid media networks, social values and personal identities. Before that, Manji hosted and produced IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, a regular feature on Vision TV, the world’s only multi-faith channel. She also co-starred in FRIENDLY FIRE, a weekly debate series that tackled issues ranging from immigration to religion to military culture.

Manji has spoken at events as diverse as the International Women’s Forum Leadership Conference and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference on Technology, Learning and Culture.


Irshad Manji's Web site for her book THE TROUBLE WITH ISLAM features Manji's response to viewer feedback about her ideas as well as biographical information, and articles and reviews of her work.

"A Flawed Vision of Islam"
A critical article in the LITERARY REVIEW OF CANADA examining Manji's latest book, written by Sheema Khan, chair of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Canada.

Islam: Empire of Faith
A general history of the faith and the people, this PBS site features interactive timelines and an extensive list of further reading for students and teachers.

Islamic Server of MSA-USC
This reference site from the Muslim Students Association at the University of Southern California addresses issues of women and Islam from a traditional point-of-view.

Writings by Azizah al-Hibri
NOW provides a list of resources on women and Islam in conjunction with a Bill Moyers interview with Muslim scholar Azizah al-Hibri.

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