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Irshad Manji

Confession of a Muslim Dissident: Why I Fight for Women, Jews, Gays…and Allah.

Date Recorded: Apr 19th, 2005
Recorded At: Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley
Duration: 59:30


Topic Background

Ms. Manji has just written The Trouble With Islam: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in her Faith, in which 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.

Speaker Biography

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. Ms. Manji has engaged a multitude of audiences about supporting the liberal reformation of Islam.

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, a television program co-produced by public education channel TVOntario and the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre for International Studies. Aimed at college and university students, “Big Ideas” showcases innovative thinkers from around the world. Consistent with her affinity for education, Irshad has been appointed a Mentor for the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation in Montreal. In that capacity, she guides younger scholars to think strategically about human rights and public policy.

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