The Place of Tolerance in Islam by Khaled Abou El Fadl

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 conflict.

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The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists by Khaled M. About El Fadl

Drawing on the rich tradition of Islamic history and law, The Great Theft is an impassioned defense of Islam against the encroaching power of the extremists. As an accomplished Islamic jurist, Abou El Fadl roots his arguments in long-standing historical legal debates and delineates point by point the beliefs and practices of moderate Muslims, distinguishing these tenets from the corrupting influences of the extremists. From the role of women in Islam to the nature of…

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Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America by Eboo Patel

In Sacred Ground, author and renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel says prejudice toward American Muslims is not just a problem for Muslims but a challenge to the very idea of America. Patel shows us that Americans from George Washington to Martin Luther King Jr. have been “interfaith leaders,” illustrating how the forces of pluralism in America have time and again defeated the forces of prejudice. And now a new generation needs to rise up and…

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Muhammed: A Prophet for Our Time by Karen Armstrong

From the front flap: “Karen Armstong’s immaculately researched new biography of Muhammad will enable readers to understand the true origins and spirituality of a faith that is all too often misrepresented as cruel, intolerant, and inherently violent. An acclaimed authority on religious and spiritual issues, Armstrong offers a balanced, in-depth portrait, revealing the man at the heart of Islam by dismantling centuries of misconceptions. Armstrong demonstrates that Muhammad’s life – a pivot point in history…

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Heaven on Earth: A Journey Through Shari’a Law by Sadakat Kadri

Almost 1400 years after the Prophet Muḥammad first articulated God’s law -the Sharī’ah- its earthly interpreters are still arguing over what it means. Hardliners reduce it to amputations, veiling, holy war and stoning. Others say that it is humanity’s only guarantee of a just society. In Heaven On Earth, the criminal barrister and prizewinning writer, Sadakat Kadri, sets out to see who is right.

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Al-Muhaddithat: The Women Scholars in Islam by Shaykh Mohammed Akram Nadwi

This book is an adaptation of the Muqaddimah or Preface to Mohammad Akram’s 40-volume biographical dictionary (in Arabic) of the Muslim women who studied and taught hadith. It demonstrates the central role women had in preserving the Prophet’s teaching, which remains the master-guide to understanding the Qur’an as rules and norms for life.

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Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel

Acts of Faith is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and coming to believe in religious pluralism, from one of the most prominent faith leaders in the United States. Eboo Patel’s story is a hopeful and moving testament to the power and passion of young people-and of the world-changing potential of an interfaith youth movement. The Unitarian Universalist Association has created a discussion guide to facilitate reading groups of Acts of Faith….

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