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Irshad Manji

Founder and Director, Moral Courage Project at New York University, International Bestselling Author, The Trouble with Islam Today and Allah, Liberty and Love

Irshad Manji is the Bestselling Author of The Trouble with Islam Today and, most recently, Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom. Dedicated to finding common ground in a fractured world, she has transformed her personal journey into a riveting story that helps others to live with courage.

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Irshad Manji is the founder and director of the Moral Courage Project at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, a course offering that aims to teach young leaders “to make values-driven decisions for the sake of their integrity — professional and personal.

Manji is a well-known critic of traditional mainstream Islam and was described by The New York Times as “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare”.

Manji’s most recent book, Allah, Liberty and Love was released in June 2011 in the US, Canada and other countries. The book shows how to reconcile faith and freedom in a world seething with repressive dogmas. Manji’s key teaching is “moral courage,” the willingness to speak up when everyone else wants to shut you up. Her book is the ultimate guide to becoming a gutsy global citizen. Manji’s previous book, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith has been published in more than 30 languages, including Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay, and Indonesian. In-between her books, she created the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary, Faith Without Fear.

As a journalist, Manji’s articles have appeared in many publications, and she has addressed audiences ranging from Amnesty International to the United Nations Press Corps to the Deomcratic Muslims in Denmark to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. She has appeared on television networks around the world, including Al Jazeera, the CBC, BBC, MSNBC, C-SPAN, CNN, PBS, the Fox News Channel, CBS, and HBO.

In both the business and nonprofit arenas, Irshad’s work has earned high recognition. The World Economic Forum named her as a Young Global Leader. The New York Society for Ethical Culture has given her its rare Ethical Humanist Award, and Oprah Winfrey bestowed on Irshad the first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, never, boldness and conviction.”

Manji is also founder and president of Project Ijtihad, a charitable organization that has innovated a 24/7 service to advise people, especially young Muslims, who are struggling with faith. Known as the “Guidance Team”, their advice is free of charge and available in multiple languages.

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    Creating Diversity for Prosperity

    The Future of Islam

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    In Conversation: Irshad Manji, Tarek Fatah and Heather Reisman

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