Muslim Woman Promotes Pluralism, Progressivism

May 9, 2005

Source: The Guardian,3604,1479419,00.html

On May 9, 2005 The Guardian reported, "A Muslim woman author, once described as Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare, is to call for the setting up of an Islamic reform movement to press for a change in the faith's attitudes towards human rights, women and pluralist societies at a public meeting this week.

Irshad Manji, a Canadian-based writer and broadcaster, is to launch her campaign for Ijtihad (independent thinking) with a claim for Islamic pluralism and the aim of setting up a foundation for young, reform-minded Muslims to explore and challenge their faith. 'No community, no ethnicity, no culture and no religion ought to be immune from respecting the universality of human rights,' she said.

'This, of course, is a controversial message in an age of cultural relativism. I truly believe we can become pluralists without becoming relativists.'"