Allah, Liberty & Love

The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

Publisher: Vintage Canada
Now in paperback with a discussion guide.

"Irshad Manji is the new voice of reform, not only for Islam, but for all religions."
— Deepak Chopra

The New York Times bestselling author to whom Oprah gave her first ever Chutzpah Award, Irshad Manji has written a book that equips all of us to develop moral courage.

Among the most visible Muslim reformers of our time, Irshad Manji reflects on the journey she has taken since her previous book catapulted her into the public spotlight, drawing on her real-life encounters with a world full of seekers who are struggling, as she has, to reconcile faith and freedom. Having engaged with politicians, activists, families, students, scholars and ordinary people of various religions and cultures, Manji tells stories that are deeply poignant, frequently funny and always revealing about the morally confused era in which we live. In doing so, she paves a path for Muslims and non-Muslims to defend the values of liberal democracy--and thus discover the Allah of liberty and love. Above all, Manji shows that by participating in this signature cause of the 21st century, individuals can embark on a journey of their own towards moral courage. Allah, Liberty & Love is ultimately a book about how to become a gutsy global citizen working for both personal and world peace. Manji has faith not just in Allah, but also in her fellow human beings. Prepare to be informed as well as inspired.


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"Irshad Manji is the new voice of reform, not only for Islam, but for all religions. When we realize that liberty and love, meaning and purpose are more sacred than ideology and dogma, our spirituality will come of age."
—Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership

"Everyone thinks about courage: we admire it in others; we fear the shallowness of our own. Irshad Manji has earned our admiration; now, in her new book, she calls on the rest of us to summon our 'moral courage.' She asks both her fellow Muslims and non-Muslims to overcome the disapproval of family and peers - and speak truth. Manji writes in her usual vibrant and accessible style, with rich, compelling anecdotes and revealing interviews. This is an important and timely book, written by the master of moral courage."
—Lesley Stahl, CBS News' 60 Minutes

"Irshad Manji once again shows herself to be a Muslim reformist of outstanding courage. Hers is the unwavering conviction that all religions, including Islam, fulfill their timeless moral precepts through universal love, freedom and reason. To understand how these virtues can be allied with Allah and the Quran - not in theory, but in our messy real world - you must read this book."
—N.J. Dawood, bestselling translator of The Koran

"Irshad Manji's Allah, Liberty & Love is a passionate argument for passionate argument - in all of life and especially within Islam. I leave these pages strengthened by her humor, intelligence, bravery, fairness and faith."
—Gloria Steinem

"The democratic movements that have now emerged have shown just how many young Muslims want to give voice to their aspirations and achieve their full potential. If you want to get a taste of what they sound like, read Irshad Manji."
—Thomas Friedman, The New York Times

“Like the uprisings against Middle East dictators, Allah, Liberty & Love is a jolt of adrenalin in the struggle against enemies of humanity—those who would coerce a people’s rights or an individual’s conscience. Manji is a brave woman whose moral courage brings threats against her life. Now, even as she equips her Muslim brothers and sisters to ‘stay with integrity’ in their effort to replace dogma with faith, Manji challenges us who are not Muslims to take on the closed minds of our own religion, party, community or clan. This is a passionate yet practical guide for the journey of moral courage that each of us must begin if we are to live with dignity on a crowded planet.”
—Bill Moyers
“Irshad Manji never gives up. In Allah, Liberty & Love, she chronicles her continuing struggle for an authentic Islamic reformation, one that she has rooted deeply in Islam’s own traditions. . . . She writes about her relations with a community that doesn’t quite know what to make of her—but also of the many Muslims who support her as she keeps her faith. Irshad Manji is at the forefront of some crucially important trends that are slowly changing the world of Islam.”
—Fareed Zakaria

"An audacious, thoughtful call for people of all religions to move beyond hate, fear, and intolerance."
O, The Oprah Magazine
"Irshad Manji has always been a voice of reason and hope....The brilliant aspect of this book? While it is written from a faith perspective, its lessons in moral courage, in doing the right thing, so to speak, are as valid for atheists, the humanists and the pagans."
Calgary Herald
"The book is for all who hope to make the world a better place.”
U.S. Catholic
"Its arguments may centre around Islam, but the self-reflection and human values it prescribes are universal."
Hindustan Times