Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue

By Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz

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\Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem to be drawn to extremism? And what do words like jihadism and fundamentalism really mean? In a world riven by misunderstanding and violence, Sam Harris--a famous atheist--and Maajid Nawaz--a former radical--demonstrate how two people with very different religious views can find comm \Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it...

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October 6th 2015 by Harvard University Press
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"The doors leading out of the prison of scriptural literalism simply do not open from the inside."
"Secularism is simply a commitment to keeping religion out of politics and public policy."
"Scripture exists; human beings interpret it."
"If we could popularize the understanding that all conclusions from scripture are but interpretations, then all variant readings of a holy book would become a matter of differing human perspectives."
"The best way to undermine extremists' insistence that truth is on their side is to argue that theirs is merely one way of looking at things. The only truth is that there is no correct way to interpret scripture. When you open it up like that, you're effectively saying that there is no right answer. And in the absence of a right answer, pluralism is the only option. And pluralism will lead to secularism, and to democracy, and to human rights."
"The first stage in the empowerment of any minority community is the liberation of reformist voices within that community so that its members can take responsibility for themselves and overcome the first hurdle to genuine empowerment: the victimhood mentality."
"The view that no text speaks for itself, and our relationship to scripture being about spirituality more than legalese, do not require one to be a believer in God to concede the point."
"My view is that no idea is above scrutiny, and no people are beneath dignity."

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