Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Islam and the Future of Tolerance
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2015-10-06
ISBN 10: 0674737067
ISBN 13: 9780674737068
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam and the Future of Tolerance Book Review:

In this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical, 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? The authors demonstrate how two people with very different views can find common ground.

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Islam and the Future of Tolerance
Author: Sam Harris,Maajid Nawaz
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 138
Release: 2015-10-06
ISBN 10: 0674088700
ISBN 13: 9780674088702
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam and the Future of Tolerance Book Review:

In this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical, 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? The authors demonstrate how two people with very different views can find common ground.

Radical

Radical
Author: Maajid Nawaz
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2016-03-01
ISBN 10: 1493025724
ISBN 13: 9781493025725
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Radical Book Review:

Maajid Nawaz spent his teenage years listening to American hip-hop and learning about the radical Islamist movement spreading throughout Europe and Asia in the 1980s and 90s. At 16, he was already a ranking member in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a London-based Islamist group. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a top recruiter, a charismatic spokesman for the cause of uniting Islam’s political power across the world. Nawaz was setting up satellite groups in Pakistan, Denmark, and Egypt when he was rounded up in the aftermath of 9/11 along with many other radical Muslims. He was sent to an Egyptian prison where he was, fortuitously, jailed along with the assassins of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The 20 years in prison had changed the assassins’ views on Islam and violence; Maajid went into prison preaching to them about the Islamist cause, but the lessons ended up going the other way. He came out of prison four years later completely changed, convinced that his entire belief system had been wrong, and determined to do something about it. He met with activists and heads of state, built a network, and started a foundation, Quilliam, funded by the British government, to combat the rising Islamist tide in Europe and elsewhere, using his intimate knowledge of recruitment tactics in order to reverse extremism and persuade Muslims that the ‘narrative’ used to recruit them (that the West is evil and the cause of all of Muslim suffering), is false. Radical, first published in the UK, is a fascinating and important look into one man's journey out of extremism and into something else entirely. This U.S. edition contains a "Preface for US readers" and a new, updated epilogue.

Reopening Muslim Minds

Reopening Muslim Minds
Author: Mustafa Akyol
Publsiher: St. Martin's Essentials
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-04-06
ISBN 10: 1250256070
ISBN 13: 9781250256072
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reopening Muslim Minds Book Review:

A fascinating journey into Islam's diverse history of ideas, making an argument for an "Islamic Enlightenment" today In Reopening Muslim Minds, Mustafa Akyol, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and opinion writer for The New York Times, both diagnoses “the crisis of Islam” in the modern world, and offers a way forward. Diving deeply into Islamic theology, and also sharing lessons from his own life story, he reveals how Muslims lost the universalism that made them a great civilization in their earlier centuries. He especially demonstrates how values often associated with Western Enlightenment — freedom, reason, tolerance, and an appreciation of science — had Islamic counterparts, which sadly were cast aside in favor of more dogmatic views, often for political ends. Elucidating complex ideas with engaging prose and storytelling, Reopening Muslim Minds borrows lost visions from medieval Muslim thinkers such as Ibn Rushd (aka Averroes), to offer a new Muslim worldview on a range of sensitive issues: human rights, equality for women, freedom of religion, or freedom from religion. While frankly acknowledging the problems in the world of Islam today, Akyol offers a clear and hopeful vision for its future.

The Place of Tolerance in Islam

The Place of Tolerance in Islam
Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2002-11-08
ISBN 10: 9780807002292
ISBN 13: 0807002291
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Place of Tolerance in Islam Book Review:

Khaled Abou El Fadl, a prominent critic of Islamic puritanism, leads off this lively debate by arguing that Islam is a deeply tolerant religion. Injunctions to violence against nonbelievers stem from misreadings of the Qur'an, he claims, and even jihad, or so-called holy war, has no basis in Qur'anic text or Muslim theology but instead grew out of social and political conflict. Many of Abou El Fadl's respondents think differently. Some contend that his brand of Islam will only appeal to Westerners and students in "liberal divinity schools" and that serious religious dialogue in the Muslim world requires dramatic political reforms. Other respondents argue that theological debates are irrelevant and that our focus should be on Western sabotage of such reforms. Still others argue that calls for Islamic "tolerance" betray the Qur'anic injunction for Muslims to struggle against their oppressors. The debate underscores an enduring challenge posed by religious morality in a pluralistic age: how can we preserve deep religious conviction while participating in what Abou El Fadl calls "a collective enterprise of goodness" that cuts across confessional differences? With contributions from Tariq Ali, Milton Viorst, and John Esposito, and others.

Jihad Radicalism and the New Atheism

Jihad  Radicalism  and the New Atheism
Author: Mohammad Hassan Khalil
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-12-21
ISBN 10: 1108421547
ISBN 13: 9781108421546
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jihad Radicalism and the New Atheism Book Review:

This book compares the conflicting and consequential interpretations of jihad offered by mainstream Muslim scholars, violent Muslim radicals, and New Atheists.

The Atheist Muslim

The Atheist Muslim
Author: Ali A. Rizvi
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-11-22
ISBN 10: 1250094453
ISBN 13: 9781250094452
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Atheist Muslim Book Review:

In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embedment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents’ religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments. Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media—the Atheist Muslim. In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam—as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas—without demonizing his entire people. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.

Politics in Indonesia

Politics in Indonesia
Author: Douglas E. Ramage
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 296
Release: 2002-09-11
ISBN 10: 1134711093
ISBN 13: 9781134711093
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Politics in Indonesia Book Review:

Politics in Indonesia describes the attitudes, aspirations and frustrations of the key players in Indonesian politics as they struggle to shape the future. The book focuses on the role of political Islam; Douglas E. Ramage shows that the state has been remarkably successful in maintaining secular political institutions in a predominantly Muslim society. He analyses the way in which political questions are framed with reference to the national ideology, the Pancasila.

Thomas Jefferson s Qur an

Thomas Jefferson s Qur an
Author: Denise A. Spellberg
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2013-10-01
ISBN 10: 0385350538
ISBN 13: 9780385350532
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Thomas Jefferson s Qur an Book Review:

In this original and illuminating book, Denise A. Spellberg reveals a little-known but crucial dimension of the story of American religious freedom—a drama in which Islam played a surprising role. In 1765, eleven years before composing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson bought a Qur’an. This marked only the beginning of his lifelong interest in Islam, and he would go on to acquire numerous books on Middle Eastern languages, history, and travel, taking extensive notes on Islam as it relates to English common law. Jefferson sought to understand Islam notwithstanding his personal disdain for the faith, a sentiment prevalent among his Protestant contemporaries in England and America. But unlike most of them, by 1776 Jefferson could imagine Muslims as future citizens of his new country. Based on groundbreaking research, Spellberg compellingly recounts how a handful of the Founders, Jefferson foremost among them, drew upon Enlightenment ideas about the toleration of Muslims (then deemed the ultimate outsiders in Western society) to fashion out of what had been a purely speculative debate a practical foundation for governance in America. In this way, Muslims, who were not even known to exist in the colonies, became the imaginary outer limit for an unprecedented, uniquely American religious pluralism that would also encompass the actual despised minorities of Jews and Catholics. The rancorous public dispute concerning the inclusion of Muslims, for which principle Jefferson’s political foes would vilify him to the end of his life, thus became decisive in the Founders’ ultimate judgment not to establish a Protestant nation, as they might well have done. As popular suspicions about Islam persist and the numbers of American Muslim citizenry grow into the millions, Spellberg’s revelatory understanding of this radical notion of the Founders is more urgent than ever. Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an is a timely look at the ideals that existed at our country’s creation, and their fundamental implications for our present and future.

Heretic

Heretic
Author: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Publsiher: Knopf Canada
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-03-24
ISBN 10: 0345808843
ISBN 13: 9780345808844
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heretic Book Review:

Continuing her very personal journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard, the brilliant, charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail #1 bestselling author of Infidel and Nomad makes a powerful plea for an Islamic Reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism and sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities. Today, the world's 1.6 billion Muslims can be divided into a minority of fundamentalists, a majority of observant "daily" Muslims and a few dissidents who risk their lives by questioning their own religion. But there is only one Islam and, as Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues, there is no denying that some of its key teachings--like the subordination of women and the duty to wage holy war--are incompatible with the values of a free society. For centuries it has seemed as if Islam is immune to change. But Hirsi Ali has come to believe that a "Reformation"--a revision of Islamic doctrine aimed at reconciling the religion with modernity--is now at hand, and may even have begun. The Arab Spring may now seem like a political failure. But its challenge to traditional authority revealed a new readiness--not least by Muslim women--to think freely and to speak out. Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that ordinary Muslims throughout the world want change. Courageously challenging the fundamentalists, she identifies 5 key amendments to Islamic doctrine that must be made in order to set Muslims free from their 7th-century chains. Interweaving her own experiences, historical analogies and powerful examples from contemporary Islamic societies and cultures, Heretic is not a call to arms, but a passionate plea for peaceful change and a new era of toleration.

Letter to a Christian Nation

Letter to a Christian Nation
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 0307265773
ISBN 13: 9780307265777
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Letter to a Christian Nation Book Review:

Argues that the increasing power of Christian fundamentalists in American politics threatens the country's citizens, blames the Bible for promoting intolerance of other faiths, and describes atheism as "an admission of the obvious."

A Message for Our Time

A Message for Our Time
Author: Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad
Publsiher: Islam International Publications Ltd
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2019-03-01
ISBN 10: 1848803257
ISBN 13: 9781848803251
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Message for Our Time Book Review:

The western world is seeing a rise in intolerance, hate, and violence. The media exacerbates this by painting inaccurate pictures of immigrants, minorities, and of Islam and Muslims in particular. Consequently, there is a pressing need for clarifying what Islam is and is not, so as to foster mutual brotherhood amongst people of all beliefs. In four speeches delivered during a tour of the United States and Guatemala, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, offers a formula for achieving peace in our communities, nations, and indeed throughout the world. His Holiness explains that the true purpose of mosques is to be a center of peace where Muslims join together in order to worship God Almighty and to serve humanity, irrespective of belief or background. Furthermore, the building of hospitals enables the service of mankind which itself becomes a form of worship. This cumulative spirit is the way to protect our future and enable us to leave behind a better world for our children.

Citizen Islam

Citizen Islam
Author: Zeyno Baran
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2011-07-21
ISBN 10: 1441157867
ISBN 13: 9781441157867
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Citizen Islam Book Review:

Since September 11, Western governments have legitimized and empowered "nonviolent Islamists" as representatives of Islam for all Muslims in the West, an approach that has worried Muslim moderates. Citizen Islam addresses the implications of this approach. The book opens with an overview of the theology and history of Islam, to show that violence and intolerance are not fundamental aspects of the religion. It then explains the growth of Islamism in Europe and in the United States before suggesting that both are finally beginning to recognize the threat posed by nonviolent Islamists. Lastly, it outlines steps that Western and Muslims leaders can take to strengthen moderate Islam and counter the threat of Islamism. Written by Zeyno Baran, a Turkish-born Muslim, Citizen Islam sheds a sharp light on Muslim communities in the West. It concludes that there is much that Western governments can still do to reverse the spread of Islamism. But they must act quickly.

The Future of Political Islam

The Future of Political Islam
Author: G. Fuller
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 227
Release: 2003-05-12
ISBN 10: 1403978603
ISBN 13: 9781403978608
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Future of Political Islam Book Review:

September 11; vitriolic rhetoric against the United States by prominent Muslims; the war against terrorism shifts from Afghanistan to the Philippines and Indonesia. It is easy to believe Islam and Muslims are enemies of the West; it is also wrong. This sweeping survey of trends in the Muslim world contends that the issue is not whether Islam plays a central role in politics, but what Muslims want. To focus on radicalism and extremism blinds us from another trend: liberal political Islam. Proponents of liberal political Islam emphasize human rights and democracy, tolerance and cooperation. They face an uphill struggle as authoritarian regimes oppress opposition and use Islam to justify their undemocratic rule. As people are denied avenues to participate and criticize, as secular ideologies have failed, religion has come to play a central role in politics. The outcome of the struggle between extremists and liberals will determine the future of political Islam.

The Ornament of the World

The Ornament of the World
Author: Maria Rosa Menocal
Publsiher: Back Bay Books
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-11-29
ISBN 10: 9780316092791
ISBN 13: 0316092797
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ornament of the World Book Review:

A Washington Post Bestseller "Fascinating...A lively read...we are indebted to Ms. Menocal for opening up an important period of history." (Wall Street Journal) This enthralling history, widely hailed as a revelation of a "lost" golden age, brings to vivid life the rich and thriving culture of medieval Spain, where for more than seven centuries Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived together in an atmosphere of tolerance, and where literature, science, and the arts flourished.

The End of Faith Religion Terror and the Future of Reason

The End of Faith  Religion  Terror  and the Future of Reason
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2005-09-17
ISBN 10: 9780393066722
ISBN 13: 039306672X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The End of Faith Religion Terror and the Future of Reason Book Review:

"The End of Faith articulates the dangers and absurdities of organized religion so fiercely and so fearlessly that I felt relieved as I read it, vindicated....Harris writes what a sizable number of us think, but few are willing to say."—Natalie Angier, New York Times In The End of Faith, Sam Harris delivers a startling analysis of the clash between reason and religion in the modern world. He offers a vivid, historical tour of our willingness to suspend reason in favor of religious beliefs—even when these beliefs inspire the worst human atrocities. While warning against the encroachment of organized religion into world politics, Harris draws on insights from neuroscience, philosophy, and Eastern mysticism to deliver a call for a truly modern foundation for ethics and spirituality that is both secular and humanistic. Winner of the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction.

No God But God

No God But God
Author: Reza Aslan
Publsiher: Random House Digital, Inc.
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2012-08-14
ISBN 10: 0385739761
ISBN 13: 9780385739764
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No God But God Book Review:

Examines the rituals and traditions of Islam, and discusses the revelation of Muhammad as Prophet and the subsequent uprising against him and the emergence of his successors.

Lying

Lying
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: Four Elephants Press
Total Pages: 108
Release: 2013-10-23
ISBN 10: 1940051010
ISBN 13: 9781940051017
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lying Book Review:

As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption—even murder and genocide—generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, best-selling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie. He focuses on "white" lies—those lies we tell for the purpose of sparing people discomfort—for these are the lies that most often tempt us. And they tend to be the only lies that good people tell while imagining that they are being good in the process.

Toward Global Civilization Love Tolerance

Toward Global Civilization Love Tolerance
Author: M. Fethullah Gülen
Publsiher: Tughra Books
Total Pages: 269
Release: 2010-03-16
ISBN 10: 1597846384
ISBN 13: 9781597846387
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Toward Global Civilization Love Tolerance Book Review:

This book touches on certain dynamics regarding the theoretical and cultural basis of the model Fethullah Gulen has developed based on dialogue, tolerance, concurrence among different groups that come from different religions, cultures, and civilizations. Gulen's model focuses on human beings, those who surround all their world with thought and action, and who are directed toward love for God and for creation.

Islam without Extremes A Muslim Case for Liberty

Islam without Extremes  A Muslim Case for Liberty
Author: Mustafa Akyol
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2011-07-18
ISBN 10: 0393081974
ISBN 13: 9780393081978
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Islam without Extremes A Muslim Case for Liberty Book Review:

“A delightfully original take on…the prospects for liberal democracy in the broader Islamic Middle East.”—Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal As the Arab Spring threatens to give way to authoritarianism in Egypt and reports from Afghanistan detail widespread violence against U.S. troops and women, news from the Muslim world raises the question: Is Islam incompatible with freedom? In Islam without Extremes, Turkish columnist Mustafa Akyol answers this question by revealing the little-understood roots of political Islam, which originally included both rationalist, flexible strains and more dogmatic, rigid ones. Though the rigid traditionalists won out, Akyol points to a flourishing of liberalism in the nineteenth-century Ottoman Empire and the unique “Islamo-liberal synthesis” in present-day Turkey. As he powerfully asserts, only by accepting a secular state can Islamic societies thrive. Islam without Extremes offers a desperately needed intellectual basis for the reconcilability of Islam and liberty.