Director, Moral Courage Project
Irshad Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project, housed at NYU Wagner’s Research Center for Leadership in Action. The Moral Courage Project equips people to become gutsy global citizens by speaking up in the face of intimidation.
As a reformist Muslim, Irshad puts moral courage into practice. Her latest book, Allah, Liberty & Love, is a guide to reconciling faith and freedom in a world raging with repressive dogmas. Fareed Zakaria of CNN and Time magazine lauds Allah, Liberty & Love as being “at the forefront of some crucially important trends” that are “changing the world of Islam.”
Irshad’s previous book is the international bestseller, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith. In-between her books, she created the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear. Through digital technologies, Faith Without Fear is now being shown in underground circles throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
In those countries that have censored Irshad’s work, she is reaching readers by posting translations on her website, irshadmanji.com So far, more than 3 million people have accessed these resources. Irshad and the Moral Courage Project are working to reach 10 million people by 2015.
Public Leadership and Moral Courage
What's the trouble with groupthink? When should you stand up to orthodoxy in your community? How do you deal with the inevitable backlash? Why does it matter to speak about truth in an era of cultural, religious and ethnic diversity? Above all, what does it mean to exercise moral courage, which Robert F. Kennedy called the "essential quality" needed to change the world?
Such ambitious questions will be explored in Public Leadership and Moral Courage. This course is part of the Moral Courage Project, which aims to challenge intellectual conformity and self-censorship so that individual talent can be discovered, developed, and deployed. We will be equipping you to create impact.
In that spirit, Public Leadership and Moral Courage will draw lessons from heretics throughout history. Along the way, students will be mentored sand sometimes pushed to practice moral courage in their own lives. This course aspires to produce leaders and not just study them.
Such ambitious questions will be explored in Public Leadership and Moral Courage. This course is part of the Moral Courage Project, which aims to challenge intellectual conformity and self-censorship so that individual talent can be discovered, developed and applied to building more honest communities.
In that spirit, Public Leadership and Moral Courage will draw lessons from heretics throughout history. Along the way, students will be mentored and sometimes pushed to practice moral courage in their own lives. This course aims to produce leaders and not just study them.
The New York Times bestselling author to whom Oprah gave her first ever “Chutzpah” Award, Irshad Manji writes a bridge-building book that is both a stirring reflection and a path to action.
Allah, Liberty and Love shows all of us how to advance the twenty-first century reformation in Islam. As a Muslim who bridges East and West, Irshad Manji paves the way to reconciling faith and freedom—and she does by teaching “moral courage,” the willingness to speak up in the face of intimidation.
What prevents young Muslims, even in the West, from expressing their need for religious reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims about openly supporting liberal voices within Islam? How did we get into the mess of tolerating intolerable customs, such as honor killings, and how do we change that noxious status quo?
Calling out both the fatwa-flingers and the mute moderates, Irshad offers the ultimate guide to becoming a gutsy global citizen. Prepare to be informed as well as inspired.
Manji, Irshad 2005. The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith
This book is an open letter from me, a Muslim voice of change, to concerned citizens worldwide -- Muslim and not. It's about why my faith community needs to come to terms with the diversity of ideas, beliefs and people in our universe, and why non-Muslims have a pivotal role in helping us get there.
The Trouble with Islam Today shatters our silence. It shows Muslims how we can re-discover Islam's lost tradition of independent thinking -- known as "ijtihad" -- and re-discover it precisely to update Islamic practices for the 21st century. The opportunity to update is especially available to Muslims in the West, because it's there that we enjoy precious freedoms to think, express, challenge and be challenged without fear of state reprisal. In that sense, the Muslim reformation begins in the West.