Summary: 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…Read more.
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Sam Harros, Maajid Nawaz: Islam and the Future of Tolerance Audio Book Summary
Islam and the Future of Tolerance is a conversation between authors Sam Harris, an atheist and critic of religion and Maajid Nawaz a Muslim who seeks to de-radicalize Muslims. Both will expose throughout the book their positions on current issues of global relevance, aiming to find a way of convergence.
The book is a form of debate between two very different characters who seek a dialogue on the discrepancy between ideologies of East and West and the role of religion in this problem.
One of the issues addressed are the origins and the future of intolerance in Islam. Islam is dangerous because it promotes an extreme interpretation of the texts, specifically the Quran.
The origin of the great terrorist attacks in the world, was born in Islam. Islam is in a struggle against liberal Muslims and against the West. The ideology of Islam is to seek to preserve their old beliefs by avoiding modernity, tolerance, inclusion, freedom of expression, sexual freedom and, above all, Western values.
Nawaz argues that one of the main problems is that Islam must have reforms that commune with the century in which we live. He also points out that one of the difficulties is not to call the problem by its name, Muslims continue to insist that Islam is a peaceful religion, which contradicts the violence that is committed in the name of Allah. There are a large number of verses in the Qur’an that explicitly express the need to use force against that which goes against what is said in their texts.
The authors speak of the need to make a distinction between those Muslims who are peaceful and ignore aspects of their religion that exhort them to be violent, and on the other hand Muslims who are dangerous. It is believed that all Muslims are related to terrorism, when the reality is that dissent in Muslims exists and should be supported.
Continuing with Muslim diversity; The book points out the variety of sects that exist within Islam, which are Sunnis, Shiites, Sufis, among others; Each one has different interpretations of the scriptures and different positions on relevant topics, it is not possible to generalize, we must know the differences between the sects to understand what happens in the Muslim stages.
The task is to end Islamism as an extremist position (jihadism) and make Islam compatible with the 21st century, it is vital for the preservation of life, peace and plurality of ideas. It is amazing that in Eastern countries such as The United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Bangladesh, for example, there are laws that say that women are inferior to a man, or that men can have sex slaves, too, death still exists for abandoning religion or For being homosexual, people are still stoned.
In conclusion, Islam and the Future of Tolerance is an intelligent book, which proposes its objective of exchanging ideas to propose possible solutions to conflicts mainly related to Islam. The authors know firsthand about what they speak, they have a very good treatment of the information and quote on almost every page, so that the reader can know more about the topics that might interest him.
It is admirable to read that two people with different ideologies are so tolerant and that one of them has in fact risked his life to defend what he believes to be a Muslim.
Perhaps the greatest contribution of the book is precisely that, to be able to see a dialogue between two theoreticians with different thinking and coming from completely different versions of the world.