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Islam and the future of tolerance : a dialogue

by Harris, Sam, 1967-

Format: Print Book 2015
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In this short book, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to join an urgently needed conversation: Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem drawn to extremism? What do words like Islamism , jihadism , and fundamentalism mean in today's world?

Remarkable for the breadth and depth of its analysis, this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical is all the more startling for its decorum. Harris and Nawaz have produced something genuinely new: they engage one of the most polarizing issues of our time--fearlessly and fully--and actually make progress .

Islam and the Future of Tolerance has been published with the explicit goal of inspiring a wider public discussion by way of example. In a world riven by misunderstanding and violence, Harris and Nawaz demonstrate how two people with very different views can find common ground.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After former radical Nawaz publicly argued that Islam is a religion of peace, best-selling New Atheist Harris (The End of Faith, 2004) challenged him, provoking this conversation in which Harris draws Nawaz out on the topic. Harris suggests that there are concentric circles of Muslims, with violent jihadists at the center and sets of decreasingly fervent believers surrounding it, not like planets around a sun but like ever-cooler layers of material around a molten center. Once in the circle next to the center as a nonviolent radical Islamist attempting to foment military coups against secular and despotic Middle East governments, Nawaz is now a British Liberal Democrat who stood for Parliament in 2015 and chairs a think tank concerned with religious freedom. Next to the terrorists of the Islamic State (this scourge that must be militarily and culturally defeated), Nawaz says the reverse racism of patronizing Western liberals is one of the biggest obstacles to seeing Islam and Muslims realistically and that is just one of the points of enlightenment in this wise little volume.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2015 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this slim volume, Harris (The End of Faith) and Nawaz (Radical) enter into a respectful exchange of ideas on Islam and its place in the world from perspectives of secularism and reform. Harris, maintaining his provocative persona, asks questions and tosses ultimatums in the direction of Nawaz, who deftly replies with well-reasoned and thoughtful responses that will inform and inspire. The book's brevity is refreshing in a genre too-often categorized by dense tomes. While Harris may direct the conversation, Nawaz is the one who gives it shape and provides the nuanced analysis that makes this book a worthwhile read on the state of Islam and religious tolerance in the world today. However, even more nuance would be welcome with regard to the many forms of Islamism, including those that support human rights and pluralism; some of Harris's critiques deserve more unpacking and less bombast. Those interested in a deferential and detailed dialogue about human rights, Islam, jihadism, and pluralism will find this book both enlightening and engaging. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Toleration -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Dialogue -- Religious aspects.
Publisher Cambridge, Massachusetts :2015
Contributors Nawaz, Maajid, author.
Language English
Description 138 pages ; 19 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 129) and index.
ISBN 9780674088702
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