Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

A Dialogue

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.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts :, Harvard University Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9780674088702
0674088700
Branch Call Number: 297.28 H316
297.2 Harris 2015
Characteristics: 138 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Nawaz, Maajid
Alternative Title: Islam & the future of tolerance

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This must be read for the profound and yet stylistically different dialogue between an atheist and a Muslim whose goal is to convince other Muslims that Islam must be open to reform. I sincerely hope that Maajid Nawaz is not overly optimistic.

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LOVEsheena11
Dec 01, 2016

Enjoyed this book. The authors discuss how today we can begin to change the idea of what Islam is and how certain theology is leading to some Muslims to join ISIS, and how we should change Islam to stop the damage that ISIS is doing to Islam.

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stewstealth
Sep 09, 2016

A good number of interesting topics that receive short shrift in the Western media due to the attempt to portray the Islamism ( As defined herein by Majid Nawaz) as having nothing to do with Islam. Worth reading.

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thebritlass
Sep 03, 2016

Interesting dialogue between an atheist and a liberal Muslim. Short and readable, neither side ends up shifting their views, but the book does provide good insight into two perspectives (Harris - that Islam's main Koranic foundations justify hatred, and Nawaz, that it is possible to reinterpret these scriptures for a new age and still remain a Muslim)

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Simantics
Jul 06, 2016

Great read - both great authors and activists - would REALLY recommend Nawaz's "Radical". Very in depth story of his life and a look into Islamism.

dendem4 May 13, 2016

Good book overall; gives insight into why some become radicalized Muslims. Some of Harris's sources are questionable though and I felt some of his arguments were too vague.

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voisjoe1_0
Apr 10, 2016

One idea of the book helps explain why young Muslims get recruited by ISIS. Normal Muslims believe that living a good life with family, friends, and a career is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, terrorism’s recruiters have bastardized the religion by brainwashing vulnerable young Muslims. These vulnerable kids get sucked into joining organizations like ISIS when they are convinced that life on Earth is just a short portion of one’s existence. They come to believe that their reward for martyrdom is the eternal afterlife which is way better than their miserable existence on Earth.

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tmjsxn
Dec 10, 2015

I felt there could have been more effort to end the book. It felt like an actual conversation that was truncated by Harris and Nawaz having other things to do. I know the conversation about Islam is ongoing, but this book left me wanting more and feeling unresolved. Regardless, really good read.

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