Irshad Manji is a globally acclaimed educator, New York Times bestselling author, and advocate of a reformist interpretation on Islam. Irshad is the Founder of Moral Courage Project at New York University’s school of public service, a network of organizations which equip people to engage productively about polarizing issues. With over 15 years of research, writing, and teaching, she has innovated the Moral Courage Method of communicating across divides. Her courses are focused on how "to make values-driven decisions for the sake of their integrity – professional and personal". Irshad is one of the world’s most recognized authorities on Islam and it’s roles and influence in the world today. She is the author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in her Faith, which has been published in more than thirty countries, including Pakistan, India, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. She also founded Project Ijtihad, which aims to popularize Islam’s tradition of critical thinking and unites Muslim reformers and non-Muslim allies. In addition, she is the creator of the Emmy-nominated PBS documentary Faith Without Fear. She has also 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.
She produced a PBS documentary in the America at a Crossroads series, titled Faith Without Fear, which was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2008.
The documentary explains her journey to reconcile Islam with human rights and freedom.
She is an advocate of a reformist interpretation of Islam and a critic of literalist interpretations of the Qur'an.
Her latest book, Allah, Liberty and Love, is a guide to reconciling faith and freedom in a world raging with repressive dogmas.
EARLY CAREER & JOURNALISM
She hosted and produced several public affairs programs on TV, including Q-Files for Pulse24 and its successor QT: QueerTelevision.
HONORS & RECOGNITION
2015 Lantos Human Rights Prize, Tom Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice
2013 Mansoor Hallaj Award for Free Expression, Muslim Canadian Congress
2011 Award for Independent Thinking, Association for Women Entrepreneurs
2009 Muslim Leader of Tomorrow, American Society for Muslim Advancement
2007 Global Vision Prize, Immigration Equality
2006 Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum
2004 Oprah Winfrey's inaugural Chutzpah Award
1997 Feminist for the 21st Century, Ms. Magazine
Don't Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times (2019)
Allah,0 Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom (2011
The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith (2007)