the trouble with islam
what an awesome book! gritty, honest, courageous, informative and funny. this woman, Irshad Manji, is insanely brave AND canadian. i'm proud to share her citizenship. she not only openly questions what is questionable about Islam, but is also openly gay. you MUST read it. nearby friends: ask me to borrow it. it is the kind of book that inspires you to think outside the traditional categories you've inherited and come to cherish as certain. it's also the kind of book you can't put down except under necessity. to invite you into the spirit and thrust of the book, let me copy a quote she lifted from Maimonides' The Guide For The Perplexed:
It is in the nature of man to like what he is familiar with and in which he has been brought up, and that he fears anything alien. The plurality of religions and their mutual intolerance result from the fact that people remain faithful to the education they received.