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The Place of Tolerance in Islam

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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 conf ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published November 8th 2002 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Oct 30, 2013 Cara rated it it was amazing
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 more books were like that. I also with I could find more 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 Se
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May 13, 2014 Sarah Lameche rated it really liked it
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 more 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 be
Jul 06, 2013 Ahmed rated it it was amazing
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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 more 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 u
Jan 03, 2008 zaki added it
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.
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Jan 31, 2015 David F. rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Nov 09, 2013 Fred Kohn rated it liked it
Wow! What an interesting book! I chose this because of having previously read The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremistsand I wanted more 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 in ...more
Feb 05, 2017 Peter rated it liked it
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, ...more
Sep 19, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it
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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.
Keith Jackson
Sep 20, 2012 Keith Jackson rated it really liked it
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Interesting collection of essays on tolerance in Islam.
Sep 17, 2013 Mindy rated it it was amazing
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An easy read - but more importantly, an enlightening one. El Fadl's essay and the responses to it help the uninformed understand the debate within Islam concerning religious tolerance.
Feb 22, 2007 hoda rated it liked it
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This was a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law, who recently returned from his second tour in Iraq...
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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 ...more
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