BERIMAN YANG MEMBEBASKAN

Irshad ManjiKabar baik bagi yang beriman datang. Irshad Manji, seorang feminis muslim dengan spesialisasi dalam bidang hak asasi manusia dan kebijakan publik pada The Pierre Trudeau Foundation di Montreal, Kanada, dan dewan editor majalah antar-iman Seventeen, New York, akan hadir di Yogyakarta pada Sabtu, 26 April 2008, pukul 10.30-12.00 WIB di Gedung Pasca Sarjana Lantai V, Universitas Gajah Mada, Yogyakarta, Jl. Teknika Utara, Pogung, Yogyakarta.
Dalam acara diskusi terbuka ini, Manji, penulis buku bestseller The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith akan membahas topik “Beriman Yang Membebaskan” bersama Prof.Dr. Muhadjir Darwin (Kepala Pusat Kependudukan dan Studi Kebijakan, UGM) dan Dra Hindun Annisa, SAg, MA (feminis muslim, Jepara).


Buku ManjiUmat Islam Indonesia dapat menjadi contoh menghidupkan kembali cara berpikir kritis (ijtihad) yang melekat dalam Islam karena Indonesia memiliki nilai-nilai universal Islam yang menghargai keberagaman.
Demikian disampaikan Manji, kelahiran Uganda keturunan muslim India yang juga wartawan, dan Direktur Moral Courage Project di New York University, dalam diskusi menandai peluncuran buku Manji dalam versi bahasa Indonesia, “Beriman Tanpa Rasa Takut (Tantangan Umat Islam Saat Ini)” diterjemahkan dari buku bestsellernya di atas, di Jakarta, Selasa (22/4). Buku versi Indonesia ini diterbitkan Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia (KPI) dan Nun Publisher.
Di Yogya acara diskusi dengan Manji ini bertujuan antara lain untuk menafsirkan danIrshad Manji merumuskan kembali pikiran-pikiran keagamaan secara kritis dan kontekstual. Ini merupakan hasil kerja-bareng: CRCS UGM, PSKK UGM, LP3Y, PSW UIN, PKBI DIY, YPR, QMUNITY, IHAP, LKK NU, SURVIVA PASKI, YASANTI, LKiS, ANGGANA, RTND, AKSARA, KUNCI, MITRA WACANA, PSB, KPI DIY, RIFKA ANNISA, LSPPA dan DIAN INTERFIDEI. Selain menggelar diskusi di atas juga pada 25 April 2008 pukul 19.00 WIB panitia akan memutar film dan diskudi tentang “Diversity and Islam” di Auditorium LIP, Jalan Sagan No.3, Yogyakarta.

Berikut adalah cuplikan wawancara John Glassie dengan Irshad Manji:

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Your book, ”The Trouble With Islam” is a best seller in Canada,
where you live, and is due out here in January. So what is the trouble
with Islam?

In my view, ever since the birth of my religion, with few exceptions,
individual lives have been too small and the lies Muslims tell have
been too big.

What do you mean?

I mean look at the ill treatment of women under Islam today. I mean
look at the Jew-bashing — and I use that phrase deliberately. Look at
the continuing scourge of slavery in Islamist regions. And the lies
are that our problems are all the fault of the C.I.A., the Israelis,
MTV, U.S. foreign policy or the House of Saud. But we Muslims have
been bludgeoning one another’s freedoms and imposing martial law on
ourselves for centuries. So all I’m asking of Muslims is to take
ownership of the role we play in what ails Islam.

What are your recommendations for breaking Islam out of its current
state?

We Muslims need to revive our tradition of engaging with the Koran.
Toward the end of the 11th century, the caliph in Baghdad closed
political ranks to protect his empire from increasing internal
division — and within a few generations Baghdad oversaw the closing
of the doors of something called ijtihad, which is the Muslim
tradition of independent thinking. In the early decades of Islam,
thanks to ijtihad, as many as 135 different schools of Islamic thought
were allowed to flourish. In the city of Cordoba alone, there were 70
libraries. Seventy! Think about it. That’s one for every virgin
promised to today’s Muslim martyrs. Books back then, and babes today.
That’s a telling contrast in priorities.

Some of your critics complain that you don’t understand the Koran. You
did get kicked out of the madrasa at age 14.

I got kicked out for asking questions, which is a very scholarly thing
to do. And I spent the next 20 years studying Islam on my own. I
acknowledge that the Koran is difficult and complicated. I celebrate
that. The Koran is complicated precisely because of its contradictions
and ambiguities. I challenge the men with fancy titles to acknowledge
just how complicated the Koran is. You don’t need credentials to be a
simpleton.

Homosexuality is not permitted in Islam. How do you reconcile your
open homosexuality with your faith?

I accept the possibility that my sexual orientation might be a sin.
But only my creator can make that judgment. But here’s a question: The
Koran says that everything God made is, quote, excellent, and that
nothing God has made is, quote, in vain. If the creator did not wish
to create me, a lesbian, then why didn’t he create somebody else in my
place? And given how explicit the Koran is that God has deliberately
designed the world’s breathtaking multiplicity, I wonder how my
critics can justify their utter condemnation of homosexuality.

Why don’t you wear a hijab or chador?

Hijab, chador or veiling are obligations only for Prophet Muhammad’s
wives. I’m not one of them. To meet the Koranic requirement for
dressing modestly, I could wear a turtleneck and baseball cap. In
fact, a ball cap is precisely what I wore when interviewing the
political leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza recently.

Are you willing to be an international lightning rod for the cause of
reform?

I don’t fear the consequences of having written this book. God gave me
thick skin, a big brain and, I’ll be the first to admit, an even
bigger mouth. And that’s a pretty good combination to take on a cause
as ambitious as this.

You have been called ambitious and an egomaniac. Are you an
egomaniac?

In the spirit of democracy, I’ll let other people decide that. Even on
that matter, engage in ijtihad.

buku-majnji-yg-lain.jpgBagi rekan-rekan yang berminat mengikuti diskusi ini di Yogya silakan kontak ke:
LKiS (Lembaga Kajian islam dan Sosial)
Jl. Pura no 5 Sorowajan Baru, Yogyakarta.
Telp/ Fax : 62 274 489 946
Email : lkis@lkis.or.id
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