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In these thoughtful essays, Sheema Khan - Candian hockey mom and Harvard PhD - gives us her pointed insights on being a modern and liberal, yet practicing, Muslim, especially in Canada. Tackling a host of issues, such as terrorism and fanaticism, human rights post 9/11, Ismalic law, women's rights, sharia, and the meaning of hijab, she explains Islam to the greater public while calling for mutual understanding and tolerance. She tells us "Why Muslims are angry," and protests, "You can't pigeonhole 1.6 billion Muslims," while calling on Muslims to "acknowledge the rise of fanaticism," She explains the palusibility of Islamic financing and applies the Charter of Rights to Canada. "Can there be Islamic democtracy?" she askes, and then, "Will Quebec adopt France's peculiar brand of liberty?" Provocative and original, even-handed and concilatory, these essays are an important contirbution to an urgent modern debate.
by Sheema Khan