Thursday, April 21, 2005

Article: The Trouble With 'The Trouble With Islam'

Salaam 'Alaikum

Stanford student on the problem with Irshad Manji and the status of Muslim organizations at Stanford U.

The Trouble With 'The Trouble With Islam'

4 Comments:

Blogger ajsuhail said...

Irshad is a pathetic loser who is desparate for any kind of publicity she can garner.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Rumi_UK said...

Have you noticed she's changed the title? I'm not sure what to make of this. It's now called "The Trouble with Islam Today".

Looking through the other-language/-country editions, there are some
still called (when translated) "The Trouble with Islam". From the ones
I can translate or guess at, I notice the following:

PAKISTAN: "The Problems of Islam Today"
FRANCE: "Muslimah But Free"
BRAZIL: "My Fight With Islam"
SPAIN: "My Problems With Islam" / "The Problems of Islam"
ITALY: "When Did We Stop Thinking?"
GERMANY: "The Departure"
NETHERLANDS: "The Islam Dilemma"

The best clues I could find on her site when I looked a month ago were these:

"Better yet, read my Afterword in the new paperback edition, which is
where I explain fully why I amended the title this way."

"My French publisher, Editions Grasset, felt that the The Trouble with
Islam would sound too much like a previously published book — La
Maladie de l'Islam. So, Grasset came up with Muslim but Free and ran
it past me. I love the French title because it's more hopeful and
upbeat than the English one, while still conveying a sense of trouble
through the word 'but.'"

12:30 PM  
Blogger Abdul-Halim V. said...

Rumi_UK said...
Have you noticed she's changed the title? I'm not sure what to make of this. It's now called "The Trouble with Islam Today".
............

Yeah, I've noticed the new title and commented on it on my blog too. I think that it is a slight improvement since the old title seems to suggest that islam itself is the problem.. while calling it "the Trouble with Islam today" at least holds out the possibility that Islam was perfect in its origins and that the situation can improve in the future.

She's still problematic as a figure, but the title change was a small step in the right direction.

3:29 PM  
Blogger X said...

I'm sure she's dissapointed that a death sentence via a fatwa hasn't been declared for her.

7:08 PM  

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