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Irshad Manji & Lauren B. Davis

Irshad Manji is a Canadian author, journalist and an advocate of a "reform and progressive" interpretation of Islam. She is the director of the Moral Courage Project at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, which aims to teach young leaders to "challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity and self-censorship." She is also founder and president of Project Ijtihad, a charitable organization promoting a "tradition of critical thinking, debate and dissent" in Islam, among a "network of reform-minded Muslims and non-Muslim allies."<br />
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Lauren B. Davis is my wife and favorite author. Her most recent novel, OUR DAILY BREAD, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named as one of the “Best Books of the Year” by The Globe & Mail and The Boston Globe.  Her next novel, THE EMPTY ROOM, will be published by Harper Collins Canada in May, 2013.  She's the author of THE RADIANT CITY, a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize; and THE STUBBORN SEASON, a named as one of the Top 15 Bestselling First Novels by and Books in Canada.  She's also published two short story collections, AN UNREHEARSED DESIRE and RAT MEDICINE & OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES.  You can learn more at