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The Place of Tolerance in Islam

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

Here, a prominent critic of Islamic Puritanism leads a lively debate by arguing that Islam is a deeply tolerant religion. Through a close reading of the Qur'an, Khaled Abou El Fadl demonstrates that injunctions to violence against non-believers stem from misreadings.

About the Author

Khaled Abou El Fadl is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Fellow in Islamic Law at UCLA and author of Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law.

Table of Contents

Contents

Editors Preface by Joshua Cohen and Ian Lague

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Khaled Abou El Fadl: The Place of Tolerance in Islam

2

Milton Viorst: Puritanism and Stagnation

Sohail H. Hashmi: A Conservative Legacy

Tariq Ali: Theological Distractions

Abid Ullah Jan: The Limits of Tolerance

Stanley Kurtz: Text and Context

Amina Wadud: Beyond Interpretation

Akeel Bilgrami: The Importance of Democracy

Mashhood Rizvi: Intolerable Injustices

John L. Esposito: Struggle in Islam

Qamar-ul Huda: Plural Traditions

R. Scott Appleby: The Quandary of Leadership

3

Khaled Abou El Fadl: Reply

Notes

About the Contributors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807002292
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua
Editor:
Cohen, Joshua; Lague, Ian
Author:
Lague, Ian
Author:
Fadl, Khaled Abou El
Author:
Cohen, Joshua
Author:
El Fadl, Khaled Abou
Author:
Abou El Fadl, Khaled
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Religious tolerance
Subject:
Liberty of conscience
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Islam -- Relations.
Subject:
Religious tolerance -- Islam.
Subject:
General Religion
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
78
Publication Date:
November 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 5.35 x .3 in .35 lb

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