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Any one out there read (or even heard of) Irshad Manji's

by Ziks511 / January 22, 2005 4:04 AM PST

book "The Trouble With Islam"? She's a Canadian muslim broadcaster in her late 20's who has written of her struggles with the repressiveness and anti-female stance of Islam. I just finished watching a very good lecture by her presented by Ontario's public television channel, which despite draconian cuts over the last decade and a half has continued to offer great programming.

She has posted an Arabic translation of her book online which has begun to spur discussion around the world on the topic of dissent whithin the Islamic community. Hope all continues well with her, and that we all get a chance to read her book.

On the same program there was a scathing, and for me the first comprehensible explanation of what went wrong in Iraq. Ah, the mistakes we (fine, you) made. I will try to find the Harpers article mentioned and post the address.

Rob Boyter

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Smiles at Rob
by Chorus-Line A1-QMS / January 22, 2005 4:54 AM PST

...Two sides of the coin. Flip the sides you want to see fast enough that no one sees it...

Is it written in good faith?
Who was it intended for?
..And why?

Th three questions I asked myself regarding books written by Muslim writers.

Killed my time briefly reading the book at Chapters Bookstore and put it back soon as I understood where it was heading. I'm Pro Reasons.


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Smiles right back at you CL. Anything that provokes debate
by Ziks511 / January 22, 2005 4:59 AM PST
In reply to: Smiles at Rob

and reasoned consideration can be useful. The Imams in Canada are at least willing to debate her in public now.

But you already know I'm on the side of reason.


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I think I have an idea...

...what the debate is going to be about...

Fundamentalism vs. Secularism
Politcal Rights vs. Political Interest
Religious Correctness vs. Personal Rights to choose.
Credibility vs. Popularity.

...in any case there's always the right and wrong on each side of the fence and I have not seen a debate yet that ended peacefully.

...it's interesting though but once my earwax is starting to drip and my eyes started to twitch - I'm outta get myself some SPUMONI.

Thanks Rob.


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Haven't read the book ...
by Evie / January 22, 2005 11:57 PM PST

... but she has been a guest on various Fox News programs over the years. She is very well spoken and rational, and makes her points in a well substantiated manner (as opposed to someone like Ibrahim Hooper (from C.A.I.R.) who so frequently resorts to meaningless rhetoric.

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