Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Addressing Manji & baseless ijtihad

Last month, self annoited Muslim reformer Ms. Irshad Manji was on a panel relating to a new PBS documentary that is about to premier, which focuses on the problems within the Muslim world and Muslim thought processes.

Ms. Manji was questioned pertaining to her concept of free and open ijtihad (critical thinking) for all Muslims to reinterpret Islam as they see fit, even if they have zero training in Islam and the development of law.

Saeed Khan, who teaches Islamic history at Wayne State University gives an excellent answer in response to Ms. Manji's answer to this question, which basically states that Ms. Manji is on fringes about as much as Osama bin Laden is, just on a different side of the curve.


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