Irshad Manji brings her signature voice of the Obama generation— global in outlook, practical in approach and dedicated to finding common ground in a fractured world - to the stage. As professor of leadership at New York University's school of public service, Irshad inspires young people to practice ethics, values and virtues — such as courage and integrity in times of crisis and corruption.
Irshad Manji is director of the Moral Courage Project at New York University, which aims to develop leaders who will challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity, and self-censorship.
She is also the internationally best-selling author of The Trouble with Islam Today: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith. She created the acclaimed PBS documentary "Faith Without Fear" which chronicles her journey to reconcile Islam with human rights and freedom.
She also founded Project Ijtihad, which won the Youth Global Leader award from the World Economic Forum for its global campaign to popularize Islam’s own tradition of critical thinking. Irshad’s columns appear frequently in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Times of London.
Irshad Manji tells a story of a Muslim girl convicted of having premarital sex even though she proved she had been raped and how it inspired her to ask questions about Islam and human rights despite threats against her.