‘Allah, Liberty, and Love’

Though one of her books is already banned in the country, a Canadian gay rights activist launched her new book on liberal Islam in Malaysia on Saturday, despite apparent government attempts to stop her.

The man in charge of Islamic affairs in the country, Jamil Khir Baharom, said that Islamic officials and the Home Ministry would not allow the author’s “roadshow” in the country following complaints, since both the book and Manji’s openly gay lifestyle are offensive to Muslims.

Urging Malaysian Muslims to be constantly on guard so as not to be influenced by her ideologies, he reiterated that all state religious departments had been instructed not to allow her to spread her worldview.

However, despite all that went wrong, the author seemingly pulled it off in good spirits. After two venues canceled on her, Irshad Manji wrote on Twitter: “Fantastic event in [Kuala Lumpur]! Great energy — except 4 cops who told latecomers that event is banned. Didn’t stop us. Congrats 2 all.”

According to her website, this is what the cover of the book looks like in Malaysia:

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