Who is Irshad Manji? A Canadian jewel. To quote from Wikipedia:
Irshad Manji (born 1968) is a Canadian feminist, author, journalist, activist and scholar. Manji is Director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University. The Moral Courage Project aims to teach young leaders to speak truth to power in their own communities. Manji is openly lesbian.
Manji is a well-known critic of traditional mainstream Islam and orthodox interpretations of the Qur’an. The New York Times has described her as “Osama bin Laden‘s worst nightmare”. Manji is founder and president of Project Ijtihad, an international charitable organization working to “build the world’s most inclusive network of reform-minded Muslims and non-Muslim allies.”
Manji’s book, The Trouble with Islam Today, has been published in more than 30 languages, including Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Malay and Indonesian. Manji has produced a PBS documentary, “Faith Without Fear”, chronicling her attempt to “reconcile her faith in Allah with her love of freedom”. The documentary has been nominated for a 2008 Emmy Award. As a journalist, her articles have appeared in many publications, and she has addressed audiences ranging from Amnesty International to the United Nations Press Corps to the Democratic 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, the CBS Evening News, and Real Time with Bill Maher.
And Reza Aslan?
Reza Aslan… was born 1972 in Tehran, Iran, is an Iranian-American Muslim writer and scholar. Aslan is also a regular commentator for American Public Media‘s Marketplace and the Middle East Analyst for CBS News. He writes columns for The Daily Beast and many other publications. His books include No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam (published 2005), and he is currently Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside. Aslan is a Shi’a Muslim.
Recently, they debated the issue of reforming Islam.