In January 2008, Manji joined New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service to spearhead the Moral Courage Project, an initiative to help young people speak truth to power within their own communities. In 2015, Manji brought the initiative to the University of Southern California and currently teaches courses on the subject.
Recognizing Manji’s leadership, Oprah Winfrey honored her with a Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness, and conviction.” The New York Times describes her as “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare,” while Ms. magazine has named her a “Feminist for the 21st Century.” She is also a recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Award for Valor, as well as a number of other awards and citations from groups such as the National Organization for Women, the Association of Women Entrepreneurs, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and many others.
Manji’s latest book, Don’t Label Me: A Conversation for Divided Times, is scheduled for release in early 2019.
- Women as the Key to Reforming the Muslim World
Women's rights are human rights. But Muslim women today still suffer profound ill-treatment. Is there something inherent to Islam that opposes women's equality? Or is the issue more cultural than religious? Above all, how can liberating the entrepreneurial talents of women be the key to reforming the Muslim world? In this inspiring address, Irshad Manji illuminates the root problems and offers concrete solutions based on Islam itself. Starting with her personal journey and ending on recommendations for action, Prof. Manji urges all of us -- Muslim and non-Muslim -- to become leaders in the struggle for universal human rights. Better yet, she shows us how.
- Courage in a Time of Corruption
With Americans reeling from corruption – in the money industry, in organized religion and in our political culture – it’s time to answer: How do we help our new President clean house? That’s the question being addressed by Irshad Manji, founder of the ground-breaking Moral Courage Project. Bobby Kennedy defined “moral courage” as the willingness to speak truth to power within your own circle for the sake of a greater good. Irshad Manji’s insights could not be more timely or necessary. Whether addressing corporate managers about workplace diversity, congregations about spiritual integrity, or students and teachers about a future of real opportunity, she gives game-changing guidance that individuals can take away and apply to their lives. Now more than ever, America needs our voices. Irshad Manji is using hers to issue your wake-up call.
- Confessions of a Muslim Reformer
Why I Fight for Women, Jews, Gays…and God: In this energetic and profoundly personal speech, Irshad Manji addresses the ideas in her international best-seller, The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith. With candor and humor, she unearths the troubling cornerstones of mainstream Islam today: tribal insularity, the ill-treatment of women, deep-seated anti-Semitism and an uncritical reading of the Koran. But her message is ultimately a positive one. She expresses a new, humane and intellectually vibrant vision for the Islamic world -- based on Islam's own tradition of critical thinking. Above all, she has a refreshing challenge for non-Muslims: Don't silence yourselves. Ask questions out loud. Irshad Manji gives all of us the permission to think.
- The Future of Islam
In this dynamic presentation, Irshad Manji charts the course for the reform of Islam. By "reform," she means reconciling faith and freedom. Professor Manji offers key insights into a new generation of Muslims, illuminating their challenges and opportunities. She also empowers non-Muslims to support Islamic reform in ways that bring out the better angels in all of us. Starting with her personal journey and ending on recommendations for action, Professor Manji urges every individual - Muslim and non-Muslim - to become a leader in the struggle for universal human rights. Better yet, she shows us how.
- Creating Diversity for Prosperity
Diversity is a many-splendored thing. It can be the source of conviction or confusion. It can incite bigotry or inspire opportunity. By sharing examples from her own life and that of renowned historical figures, Irshad Manji shows us the key to embracing diversity. Hint: It’s not simply about race, gender, or culture. Don’t miss this chance to enhance the diversity of your environment by first appreciating yourselves as individuals. Each of us has an authentic voice. Using hers, Prof. Manji will help you to: * Understand that group identities do not define diversity; individuality does; * Explore how individuality benefits the wider organization; * Realize how we can become more authentic human beings at work and beyond; * Encourage the questions that will help conquer fears; and * Live every day with the greatest of all human resources: courage.