Asra Nomani's campaign for religious equality

This week on Book TV, Asra Nomani talks with renowned Islamic scholar, Akbar Ahmed, about her book Standing alone in Mecca: An American woman’s struggle for the soul of Islam.

Ms. Nomani shocked her West Virginia mosque by walking through the front door and sitting in the main hall, two strictly forbidden acts. The mosque is now focused on banishing her. Ms. Nomani, a good friend of Danny Pearl’s, has a jaw-dropping pedigree of journalism credentials -- the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Time Magazine, to name a few. In addition, she was a war correspondent in Afghanistan for Salon.com. In March of this year, Ms. Nomani organized a woman-led, mixed gender Muslim prayer in New York City.

Standing alone in Mecca: An American woman’s struggle for the soul of Islam is her magnificent story about reclaiming her religion from extremists.