Heretic : Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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Continuing his profoundly Islamic religious journey of education for a post at Harvard, the brilliant, charismatic and controversial New York Times and the Globe and Mail #1 best-selling author Infidel and Nomadic best-seller makes a vibrant plea for a Muslim Reformation as the only way to end the horror of terrorism, sectarian war and repression of women and minorities.Today, she argues, in the world of 1.6 billion Muslims, can be divided into a minority of extremists, a majority of practising but peaceful Muslims and a few dissidents who risk their lives by questioning their own religion.But there is only one Islam and, like Hirsi Ali, there is no denying that some of his main teachings – no less than the duty to conduct holy war – are incompatible with the values of a free society.For centuries, it seemed as if Islam was immune to change.But Hirsi Ali came to believe that a Muslim Reforms-a revision of Islamic doctrine aimed at reconciling religion with modernity-is now within reach, and may even have begun.Arab Spring can now appear as a political failureBut his challenge to traditional authority has revealed a new will – not less by Muslim women to think freely and talk about it.Courageously difficult to jihadists, it identifies five major changes in Islamic doctrine that Muslims have to make to bring their religion from the seventh century to the twenty-first century.And she calls on the Western world to end its appeasement of IslamistsIslam is not a religion of peace,”she writes.It is the Muslim reformers who need our support, not the opponents of freedom of expression.Interlacing its own experiences, historical analogies and powerful examples of contemporary Muslims of societies and cultures, the heretic is not a call to arms, but a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new world era of tolerance.In the wake of the killings of Charlie Hebdo, with the jihadists, killing thousands of Nigeria in Syria, Pakistan, this book offers a response to what is fast beco
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