Irshad Manji (1968-)
to Women of Vision
Irshad Manji is a Canadian feminist, author, journalist
and activist. She’s the Director of the Moral Courage Project at
New York University, which teaches young leaders to speak truth to
power in their own communities.
Manji was born in Uganda to parents of Egyptian and
Gujarati descent. She’s well-known for her criticism of traditional
mainstream Islam and orthodox interpretations of the Qur’an. The
New York Times described her as “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare.”
Manji is the founder of Project Ijtihad, a charitable group working
to “build the world’s most inclusive network of reform-minded Muslims
and non-Muslim allies.”
Manji’s book The Trouble with Islam Today has
been published in more than 30 languages. She also produced the documentary
“Faith Without Fear,” which chronicles her attempt to balance her
faith in Allah with her love of freedom.
Irshad is an inspiring woman who is not afraid to
speak up about herself (outing herself as a lesbian AND a Muslim,
for instance), or on behalf of anyone she feels needs a voice. Her
bravery is both deep and wide.