Heretic: Why Islam Needs A Reformation Now

March 24, 2015|
Heretic: Why Islam Needs A Reformation Now by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Continuing her very personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard, the brilliant, charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail #1 bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for an Islamic Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism and sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities.

     Today, the world''s 1.6 billion Muslims can be divided into a minority of fundamentalists, a majority of observant "daily" Muslims and a few dissidents who risk their lives by questioning their own religion. But there is only one Islam and, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues, there is no denying that some of its key teachings--like the subordination of women and the duty to wage holy war--are incompatible with the values of a free society.
     For centuries it has seemed as if Islam is immune to change. But Hirsi Ali has come to believe that a "Reformation"--a revision of Islamic doctrine aimed at reconciling the religion with modernity--is now at hand, and may even have begun. The Arab Spring may now seem like a political failure. But its challenge to traditional authority revealed a new readiness--not least by Muslim women--to think freely and to speak out.
     Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want change. Courageously challenging the fundamentalists, she identifies 5 key amendments to Islamic doctrine that must be made in order to set Muslims free from their 7th-century chains. Interweaving her own experiences, historical analogies and powerful examples from contemporary Islamic societies and cultures, Heretic is not a call to arms, but a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new era of toleration.
Globally known, award-winning human rights activist, AYAAN HIRSI ALI is the New York Times bestselling author of Infidel, Nomad and The Caged Virgin. Born in Somalia and raised Muslim, she grew up in Africa and Saudi Arabia, before fleeing to the Netherlands in 1992, where she went from cleaning factories to winning a seat in the Dutch...
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Title:Heretic: Why Islam Needs A Reformation Now
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:288 pages, 9.26 X 6.25 X 0.93 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 9.26 X 6.25 X 0.93 in
Published:March 24, 2015
Publisher:Knopf Canada
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780345808820

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