Irshad Manji
Founder of Moral Courage Project, Senior Fellow at University of Southern California

Irshad Manji is a renowned author, educator, and advocate of a reformist interpretation of Islam. She is the bestselling author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith, published in more than 30 countries. Her Emmy-nominated PBS film, Faith Without Fear, artfully follows her personal campaign to reconcile Islam with women’s equality, respect for minorities, and honest debate.


In January 2008, Irshad joined New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service to spearhead the Moral Courage Project, an initiative to help young people speak truth to power within their own communities. In 2015, she brought the initiative to the University of Southern California, where she currently teaches courses on the subject.


Recognizing Irshad’s leadership, Oprah Winfrey honored her with a Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness, and conviction.”  The New York Times describes her as “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare,” while Ms. magazine has named her a “Feminist for the 21st Century.” She is also a recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Award for Valor, as well as a number of other awards and citations from groups such as the National Organization for Women, the Association of Women Entrepreneurs, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and many others.


Irshad’s latest book is Don’t Label Me: A Conversation for Divided Times.

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Don't Label MeA Conversation for Divided Times
St. Martin's Press

Don’t Label Me shows us how we can be understood for who we really are, not what we’re assumed to be.

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The Trouble with Islam TodayA Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith
St. Martin's Griffin

In this open letter, Irshad Manji unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and an uncritical acceptance of the Koran as the final, and therefore superior, manifesto of God's will. But her message is ultimately positive.

Courage in a Time of Corruption: With Americans reeling from corruption – in the money industry, in organized religion, and in our political culture – it’s time to answer: How do we help our new President clean house? That’s the question being addressed by Irshad Manji, founder of the ground-breaking Moral Courage Project. Bobby Kennedy defined “moral courage” as the willingness to speak truth to power within your own circle for the sake of a greater good. Irshad Manji’s insights could not be more timely or necessary. Whether addressing corporate managers about workplace diversity, congregations about spiritual integrity, or students and teachers about a future of real opportunity, she gives game-changing guidance that individuals can take away and apply to their lives. Now more than ever, America needs our voices. Irshad Manji is using hers to issue your wake-up call.
Diversity for Prosperity: Diversity is a many-splendored thing. It can be the source of conviction or confusion. It can incite bigotry or inspire an opportunity. By sharing examples from her own life and that of renowned historical figures, Irshad Manji shows us the key to embracing diversity. Hint: It’s not simply about race, gender, or culture. Don’t miss this chance to enhance the diversity of your environment by first appreciating yourselves as individuals. Each of us has an authentic voice. Using hers, Prof. Manji will help you to:
* Understand that group identities do not define diversity; individuality does;
* Explore how individuality benefits the wider organization;
* Realize how we can become more authentic human beings at work and beyond;
* Encourage the questions that will help conquer fears; and
* Live every day with the greatest of all human resources: courage.
Confessions of a Muslim Reformer: Why I Fight for Women, Jews, Gays…and God: In this energetic and profoundly personal speech, Irshad Manji addresses the ideas in her international best-seller, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith. With candor and humor, she unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, the ill-treatment of women, deep-seated anti-Semitism, and uncritical reading of the Koran. But her message is ultimately a positive one. She expresses a new, humane, and intellectually vibrant vision for the Islamic world -- based on Islam's own tradition of critical thinking. Above all, she has a refreshing challenge for non-Muslims: Don't silence yourselves. Ask questions out loud. Irshad Manji gives all of us permission to think.
The Future of Islam: In this dynamic presentation, Irshad Manji charts the course for a reform of Islam. By "reform," she means a change that promotes freedom and human rights. Along the way, Prof. Manji offers key insights about a new generation of Muslims, illuminating their challenges and opportunities. She also empowers non-Muslims to support reform in ways that bring out the better angels in all of us.
Women as the Key to Reforming the Muslim World: Women's rights are human rights. But Muslim women today still suffer profound ill-treatment. Is there something inherent to Islam that opposes women's equality? Or is the issue more cultural than religious? Above all, how can liberating the entrepreneurial talents of women be the key to reforming the Muslim world? In this inspiring address, Irshad Manji illuminates the root problems and offers concrete solutions based on Islam itself. Starting with her personal journey and ending on recommendations for action, Prof. Manji urges all of us -- Muslim and non-Muslim -- to become leaders in the struggle for universal human rights. Better yet, she shows us how.

Read Irshad Manji’s op-ed on corporate diversity and white fragility for Heterodox Academy

Read Irshad Manji’s op-ed in New York Daily News on how protestors can reclaim their movement.

Watch her speak on labels and diversity on NBC News.

Newsweek interviewed Irshad Manji on the background of Don’t Label Me.

Read Irshad Manji’s contribution to this Newsweek cover story

Check out a profile of Irshad Manji in the Vancouver Sun

Irshad Manji discussed ‘moral courage’ with Minnesota Public Radio

Irshad Manji’s Don’t Label Me is reviewed in Publishers Weekly

Irshad Manji’s Allah, Liberty and Love is reviewed in The Daily Beast

Praise for The Trouble with Islam Today "...feels like a revelation...a raw nerve ending for the West - shocking, raw, but mercifully, joyously, still alive." 
- Andrew Sullivan, New York Times Book Revie

"Irshad Manji is a fresh, new and intriguing voice of Islamic reform. This wonderfully written book will surprise you, educate you, even entertain you." 
- Alan Dershowitz, author of The Case for Israel

"Manji is blazingly articulate." 
- Margaret Wente, The Globe and Mail

"The Trouble with Islam is beyond controversial. It may ignite a firestorm of protest...her easy conversational style, addressed to 'my fellow Muslims,' makes it accessible to a wide range of readers." 
- Leslie Scrivener, The Toronto Star