- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press; 1 edition (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0674088700
- ISBN-13: 978-0674088702
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How refreshing to read an honest yet affectionate exchange between the Islamist-turned-liberal-Muslim Maajid Nawaz and the neuroscientist who advocates mindful atheism, Sam Harris… Their back-and-forth clarifies multiple confusions that plague the public conversation about Islam. (Irshad Manji New York Times Book Review)
Provocative and profane… Islam and the Future of Tolerance exemplifies the virtues of open dialogue… All Harris and Nawaz seek is to give voice to the spirit of rebellion and reformation smoldering in the lands of Islam. Forcing it into flame will doubtless be a long time coming, but these two men should be lauded for endeavoring to provide a spark. (Brian Stewart National Review)
It is sadly uncommon, in any era, to find dialogue based on facts and reason―but even more rarely are Muslim and non-Muslim intellectuals able to maintain critical distance on broad questions about Islam. Which makes Islam and the Future of Tolerance something of a unicorn. Nawaz and Harris discuss Islamism and jihadism from a historical as well as a philosophical angle, with no trace of sentiment or dogma. Most conversations about religion are marked by the inability of either side to listen, but here, at last, is a proper debate. (New Statesman)
The ideas it leaves behind―about religion, politics, values and interpretation―linger long after the book is finished. They seem a vital contribution to the current conversation, so often defined by the real or imagined divides that the authors encourage us to cross… Islam and the Future of Tolerance deepens our understanding of religion, ideology, politics and the possibility of common ground. It could hardly come at a better time. (Jeremy Rutledge Post and Courier)
[A] wise little volume. (Ray Olson Booklist)
Readers with a knee-jerk opinion of Islam will learn a lot. (Kirkus Reviews)
A worthwhile read on the state of Islam and religious tolerance in the world today… Those interested in a deferential and detailed dialogue about human rights, Islam, jihadism, and pluralism will find this book both enlightening and engaging. (Publishers Weekly)
In this conversation, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz achieve what so many who take part in the debate on Islam and the West fail to accomplish: a civil but honest dialogue. The result is as illuminating as it is fascinating. Courteous and at times even chivalrous, the two men address every thorny issue on Islam, issues that lead so many others into wild shouting matches, personal attacks, and accusations of Islamophobia. In this gem of a book the authors lay it all out and set the rest of us a great example: that an incisive debate on Islam between a believer and a non-believer is attainable. Given the importance and the urgency of the topic, we must all read it and follow in their footsteps. (Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of Infidel, Nomad, and Heretic)
Free thought and rational inquiry once characterized the relative liberalism and humanism of ancient Muslim societies and civilizations: the leading Sunni Imam, Abu Hanifa, would debate atheists inside the great mosques of Iraq; the Abbasid caliphs hosted debates amongst the leaders of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam at their courts in Baghdad; the Mughal emperors engaged in debate with Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists. Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz should be commended for conducting a frank and wide-ranging conversation about a number of key issues around religion, reform, and Islam in the modern world. Nawaz’s approach is based upon detailed familiarity with extremist worldviews, and with the history and tradition of reform theology and renewal within Islam that desperately needs to be amplified. I hope that this debate will be a fruitful endeavor, and illustrate that, in our increasingly-polarized world, it is possible and even normal for people with different viewpoints to have a civilized conversation and to learn from each other. (Sheikh Dr. Usama Hasan, Islamic scholar)
Back in Islam’s formative centuries, the engagement of Muslims with their ideological opponents helped them to forge the doctrines and traditions of their nascent faith―and perhaps now, as Maajid Nawaz locks horns with Sam Harris, we are at the start of another stage in Islam’s evolution. It is certainly a privilege to read their conversation, and to enjoy a flavor of those great debates between rival scholars that were once staged for the entertainment of the Caliph in Baghdad. (Tom Holland, historian and author of In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire)
About the Author
Sam Harris is the author of The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, and Free Will, among other writings.
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This book is a much needed critique and discussion that more people ought to have the courage to have.
Maajid Nawaz is a British Muslim who in his youth became extremist (NOT a Jihadist, he likes to remind his readers). He was recruiting young members in Pakistan when he got caught, sued and jailed on his way back in Egypt. He heard the cries of the tortured, he saw people disappear. He studied the Quran, discussed with other inmates and formed his own idea about how the scriptures should be read. AS it happened, his organization turned its back at him. Then Amnesty International got interested in his case and managed to get him out of jail and back to Britain.
There he established Quilliam, an organization to fight against extremism. His main idea is to offer a non-radical version of Islam, to compete with the literal or "vacuous" reading of the scriptures as practiced by the IS, Al-Qaida and other extremists of the day.
This book is written in form of a discussion where both present their views in a very polite and considerate fashion.
To be quite blunt and honest, the task Maajid Nawaz has taken goes against all current Islamic authorities whether Sunni or Shiite.
His reading of Quran would mean totally ignoring long passages or using definitions and word meanings that the Islamic tradition does not know of.
What he suggests has a name in Islamism, it is called "apostasy". There is a death penalty reserved for those guilty of it.
It is remarkable that the American anti extremist organization SPLC has listed Maajid Nawaz as an anti-Islamist. This sends a scary message: The Sunni hardliners of CAIR and Islamic Brotherhood are in the position to define who is a "real" Muslim and who is not.
Maajid Nawaz is a very good speaker with a presence. His articles on various political issues are well worded, he is a straight thinker and a humanist to the core. In this particular book, even with the sympathetic support of Sam Harris, he fails to convince. There is no beef.
The dialogue's over-all subject is the wide gap (canyon) between how the Muslim umma perceives life and the world, as opposed to how Western society does. There appear to be as many Muslim views of what it means to be a Muslim, as there are Judeo-Christian views of what their belief systems contain and demand. The crux of the dialogue pits Islamic Qur'anic barbarity against Western philosophy that has advanced so as to have put aside the cruelties of earlier ages. Basically the Muslim sunna demands submission to it by everyone because Islam is perfect and Allah demands it -- whereas in general the West is tolerant of opposing views and new ideas. The differences seem to be unbridgeable.
Sam Harris the non-Muslim and Maajid Hawaz the Muslim, seek what the back-page blurb says is "inspiring a wider public discussion by way of example." It is their hope that their published dialogue might influence the two sides to find common ground so as to facilitate a move towards reducing conflict between the sides, and eventually achieving mutual tolerance. Mr. Harris hopes for the secularization of Islam.
This reviewer's impression is that Messrs. Harris and Hawaz know full well that reaching their goal is akin to moving a mountain; but they think that there must be a start. This reviewer does not much like reading dialogues in book form. However if the reader can bear to, this book contains a goodly layout of the problems and divisions between Islam and Western philosophy. The book can be a learning tool for anyone not familiar with the extent and content of the dispute. The book is short and can be read in one sitting.
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