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Irshad  Manji

Irshad Manji

International Bestselling Author & Founder of Moral Courage TV


60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl describes Irshad Manji as the "master of moral courage." In her internationally acclaimed work, Prof. Manji role models the key teaching of moral courage: that doing the right thing in the face of our fears makes us whole. Being whole, in turn, equips us to find our unique voices, discover our personal missions, overcome adversity in pursuit of those missions, make new mistakes to deepen our creativity, listen to other points of view, and steel our spines for the challenge of leading amid flux. Read More >

In short, moral courage generates diversity of ideas: the source of all innovation.

Out of her signature teachings, Prof. Manji has created a curriculum for entrepreneurs and disruptors in various environments — from companies to start-ups to schools to government agencies. She now teaches this curriculum, Applied Courage, at Human Condition Labs in New York City.

A senior fellow at the University of Southern California, Prof. Manji shuttles between New York and Los Angeles, using the culture of each city to inform the other. She also travels beyond both coasts to engage the global audience that she has built as a religious reformer, best-selling author, and award-winning filmmaker.

For all her titles, Prof. Manji is an educator at heart. She started the Moral Courage Project at New York University, during which time she shared the stage with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King III and Christiane Amanpour. African by birth, Canadian by citizenship, American by immersion and universal by reach, Irshad Manji inspires new perspectives on success, significance, diversity and meaning in work. Read Less ^

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Speech at Montana State University

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I’m Offended, You’re Offended. Now What?

The world today is a diverse, disagreeable place. Many students want “safe spaces.” But bestselling author and acclaimed activist Irshad Manji says there’s a better solution: creating spaces in which students feel safe in their discomfort. Read More >

Prof. Manji – an educator at New York University and the University of Southern California – leads the Moral Courage Project, an award-winning multi-media program that teaches students to do the right thing in the face of their fears. 

As she points out, this is the first generation in history that’s expected to address global challenges. The Greatest Generation fought a world war but didn’t grow up anticipating that they would need to. Today, university students are well aware of the need to be global citizens. But what most people underestimate is the amount of courage it will take to make a difference.

In her dynamic presentation, Irshad Manji will show us how to become gutsy global citizens – not by sloganeering, but by engaging with those who offend us. Her provocative thesis: Offense is not a problem to be avoided at all costs. Offense is the cost of honest diversity.

It’s time for a real conversation about how to have a real conversation – one that requires us to dignify each other without sacrificing free speech. The “Master of Moral Courage,” Irshad Manji, is our compassionate and constructive guide. Prepare for a journey that opens minds and hearts. Read Less ^

Leadership Lessons from "Osama Bin Laden's Worst Nightmare

Described by The New York Times as "Osama Bin Laden's Worst Nightmare," Irshad Manji is a gay, faithful Muslim woman who believes in the power of liberty and love. Her books are bestsellers in some countries and banned in others. She has taken on Islamist extremists toe-to-toe, dealt with numerous death threats and cultivated a worldwide following of Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Read More >

As part of Irshad's multi-media presentation, members will see unreleased video of Irshad challenging the head of Islamic Jihad in Gaza. They will witness her standing up to radicalized young men who invaded her book launch in Amsterdam. And they will feel the inspiration that Irshad gave to supporters in Jakarta after being physically attacked. 

Irshad (her name means "guidance" in Arabic) teaches at both New York University and the University of Southern California on the subject of moral courage. She is also co-founder of “Applied Courage,” a unique leadership program at Human Condition Labs in New York. Its mission is to equip innovators how to overcome adversity and become that much more creative by confronting their fears.

Irshad's unique journey is full of universal lessons for hard-charging entrepreneurs -- lessons in building spine, leading under crisis conditions and achieving powerful personal success. Oprah gave Irshad her first annual Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction." Your chapter will see why. Read Less ^

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Islam But Were Afraid To Ask

As the world's fastest-growing religion, Islam is impacting business and current events in ways that are impossible to ignore. But most of us are afraid to voice the questions that we have about Islam. No more!  Read More >

Irshad Manji, acclaimed author of The Trouble with Islam Today and Allah, Liberty and Love, is the go-to resource. Her books are bestsellers in some countries and banned in others. The New York Times calls her "Osama Bin Laden's worst nightmare," while Oprah has given her the first annual Chutzpah Award for "audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction." 

In this interactive and unfiltered presentation, Irshad will tackle politically incorrect questions that nobody else dares to touch. She will do so with a style that's accessible, friendly and even fun. Members will see why Irshad's "keep it real" approach has earned her fierce fans as well as death threats around the globe.  Read Less ^