The Place of Tolerance in Islam

The Place of Tolerance in Islam 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 m
  • Title: The Place of Tolerance in Islam
  • Author: Khaled Abou El Fadl JoshuaCohen Ian Lague
  • ISBN: 9780807002292
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Place of Tolerance in Islam
    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 confKhaled 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.
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  • Khaled Abou El Fadl JoshuaCohen Ian Lague

    Dr Khaled Abou El Fadl is the most important and influential Islamic thinker in the modern age An accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar, he is Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law where he teaches Islamic law, Immigration, Human Rights, International and National Security Law Dr Abou El Fadl previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas at Austin Law School, Yale Law School and Princeton University He holds degrees from Yale University B.A , University of Pennsylvania Law School J.D and Princeton University M.A Ph.DA high ranking shaykh, Dr Abou El Fadl also received formal training in Islamic jurisprudence in Egypt and Kuwait.Dr Abou El Fadl is a world renowned expert in Islamic law and an American lawyer, offering a unique and seasoned perspective on the current state of Islam and the West He is a strong proponent of human rights and is the 2007 recipient of the University of Oslo Human Rights Award, the Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize He was also named a Carnegie Scholar in Islam for 2005 He serves on the Advisory Board of Middle East Watch, and was previously on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch He was also previously appointed by President George W Bush as a commissioner on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom He regularly provides expert testimony in a wide variety of cases ranging from human rights and political asylum to terrorism, national security, and international and commercial law.Dr Abou El Fadl is a prolific author and prominent public intellectual on Islamic law and Islam, most noted for his scholarly approach to Islam from a moral point of view He writes extensively on universal themes of morality and humanity, and the notion of beauty as a moral value Dr Abou El Fadl is a staunch advocate and defender of women s rights, and focuses much of his written attention on issues related to women As the most critical and powerful voice against puritan and Wahhabi Islam today, he regularly appears on national and international television and radio including CNN, NBC, PBS, NPR, and Voice of America broadcast throughout the Middle East His most recent work focuses on issues of authority, terrorism, tolerance, Islam and Islamic law.He is the author of ten books and over fifty articles on Islamic law and Islam His recent books include The Search for Beauty in Islam A Conference of the Books Rowman and Littlefield, 2006 The Great Theft Wrestling Islam from the Extremists HarperSanFrancisco, 2005 Islam and the Challenge of Democracy Princeton University Press, 2004 The Place of Tolerance in Islam Beacon Press, 2002 Conference of the Books The Search for Beauty in Islam University Press of America Rowman and Littlefield, 2001 And God Knows the Soldiers The Authoritative and Authoritarian in Islamic Discourses UPA Rowman and Littlefield, 2001 Speaking in God s Name Islamic law, Authority and Women Oneworld Press, Oxford, 2001 and Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law Cambridge University Press, 2001.

  • 997 Comments

  • I really, really liked this book It is essentially a debate between the primary author, Khaled Abou El Fadl, who writes the first essay, and several others who respond to him, and then his response to that Kind of a weird format, but I loved it and I wish books were like that I also with I could find books by Khaled Abou El Fadl, because they all seem to be both very expensive and unavailable at my local library.Here s a good quote from this book If Americans allow the attacks of September to [...]


  • Well I dragged myself out of bed to write this review didn t want to forget , so apologies if it s rather short.First of all I want to say I rarely find time to read these days so this was read over the past few weeks I am sure there is a lot I wanted to say about it than I will, however here goes This book was written not long after the twin towers were destroyed Khaled Abou El Fadl and various others debate the reasons they feel extremists fundamentalists etc do what they do Is it because Isl [...]


  • The Place of Tolerance in Islam is a SERIOUSLY underrated book on the issues facing contemporary Islam.The book takes on the form of a series of essays written by a diversity of authors tackling the vital questions Why is the Islamic community witnessing an emergence of extremism today and importantly What must be done to pull the tolerant Islam back into the forefront of the faith Though the book s title suggests a lightweight read on kumbaya Islam , in reality, the book ends up being a deeply [...]


  • Simply astounding collection of essays from many, many viewpoints Abou El Fadl presents the initial thesis, but thinkers and stinkers from all over the place weigh in the debate including stud muffin John Esposito and hijabi gone wild Amina Wadud Put at the top of your list.


  • This book has the most amazing format It opens with an Essay by Khaled Abou El Fadl The Place of Tolerance in Islam This essay is then followed by the reviews of the essay by 11 thinkers and scholars While some find Khaled Abou El Fadl s essay honest, genuine, and a positive step some find the essay irrelevant despite its author s genuine s intentions One also goes so far as calling Khaled opportunistic and worse What is amazing is that Khaled includes all of these in the book allowing to reader [...]


  • Dr Khaled Abou El Fadl has been described as the most important and influential Islamic thinker in the modern age An accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar, he received formal training in Islamic jurisprudence in Egypt and Kuwait as well as holding degrees from Yale, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law He is currently the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Fellow in Islamic Law at the UCLA School of Law Before joining the faculty at UCLA, he taught Islamic law at the [...]


  • Wow What an interesting book I chose this because of having previously read The Great Theft Wrestling Islam from the Extremistsand I wanted from this author Unfortunately not many ideas in this book were new to me Instead, it consisted of a series of essays an initial essay by Khaled Abou El Fadlwhich was essentially a very brief presentation of the ideas in the aforementioned book, followed by a series of responses by various authors, and a final reply by the author What was most interesting a [...]


  • Abou El Fadl argues that Islam is a deeply tolerant religion and the rest of the book is contentious debate about the thesis Responses from Tariq Ali, Milton Viorst, R Scott Appleby and John Esposito, and others Abou El Fadl claims that non Muslims focus on the bottom line of the functionality of Muslims their utility or disutility are Muslims dangerous or not Muslims are among the most powerless, dominated and abused people in the world In contemporary Islam, the problem is not the text, but th [...]


  • I really enjoyed this short book of essays on the place of tolerance in Islam post 9 11 A few of the essays seemed to get off topic, but others were very strong and they all enriched my understanding of either Islam or how different people and groups in the world view Islam and its practitioners If you read this, ask someone else to do so as well so that you can talk about it my mom s going to read it soon so that we can share our thoughts.



  • An easy read but importantly, an enlightening one El Fadl s essay and the responses to it help the uninformed understand the debate within Islam concerning religious tolerance.




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