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By Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz

In this brief publication, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to affix an urgently wanted dialog: Is Islam a faith of peace or conflict? Is it amenable to reform? Why accomplish that many Muslims look attracted to extremism? What do phrases like Islamism, jihadism, and fundamentalism suggest in today’s world?

Remarkable for the breadth and intensity of its research, this discussion among a recognized atheist and a former radical is all of the extra startling for its decorum. Harris and Nawaz have produced whatever really new: they interact some of the most polarizing problems with our time―fearlessly and fully―and truly make progress.

Islam and the way forward for Tolerance has been released with the specific aim of inspiring a much wider public dialogue in terms of instance. In an international riven through false impression and violence, Harris and Nawaz show how individuals with very varied perspectives can locate universal ground.

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I. Nawaz, Maajid. II. identify. BP171. five. l365 2015 297. 2'8—dc23        2015009535 Harris   Maajid, thanks for taking the time to have this dialog. i feel the paintings that you’re doing is very vital. I’m unsure how a lot we agree approximately Islam or in regards to the customers for reforming the faith—and it is going to be priceless to discover any components the place we diverge—but i would like you to understand that my fundamental aim is to aid you. Nawaz   That’s very form of you. I enjoy that. As you recognize, we're operating in a truly gentle zone, strolling a tightrope and trying to convey with us lots of people who, regularly, don't want to maneuver ahead. you will need to that we've got this dialog in as liable a manner as attainable. Harris   Agreed. I’d prefer to commence through recalling the 1st time we met, since it was once a second if you looked to be jogging this tightrope. It used to be, in truth, a slightly inauspicious first assembly. In October 2010, I attended the Intelligence Squared debate within which you have been pitted opposed to my acquaintances Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Douglas Murray. We met later on at a dinner for the organizers, individuals, and different site visitors. humans have been supplying brief comments concerning the debate and in a different way carrying on with the dialogue, and at one element Ayaan stated, “I’d prefer to understand even if Sam Harris has whatever to assert. ” even if i used to be good right into a vodka tonic at that second, I be mindful what I acknowledged kind of verbatim. I addressed my feedback on to you. We hadn’t been brought, and that i don’t imagine you had any concept who i used to be. I acknowledged, primarily, this: Maajid, i've got a question for you. it kind of feels to me that you've an almost most unlikely activity and but a lot is dependent upon your with the ability to accomplish it. you must persuade the world—especially the Muslim world—that Islam is a faith of peace that has been hijacked by means of extremists. however the challenge is that Islam isn’t a faith of peace, and the so-called “extremists” are searching for to enforce what's arguably the main sincere analyzing of the faith’s genuine doctrine. So your maneuvers at the level tonight—the claims you made approximately interpretations of scripture and the historic context during which convinced passages within the Qur’an needs to be understood—appear disingenuous. each person during this room acknowledges that you've the toughest activity on the planet, and everybody is thankful that you’re doing it. anyone has to attempt to reform Islam from inside of, and it’s evidently unlikely to be an apostate like Ayaan, or infidels like Douglas and me. however the direction of reform seems to be one in all pretense. You look obliged to fake that the doctrine is anything except it is—for example, you need to fake that jihad is simply an internal religious fight, while it’s basically a doctrine of holy warfare. I’d prefer to understand even if this is often, actually, the placement as you notice it. Is the trail ahead an issue of pretending sure issues are real lengthy sufficient and tough adequate to be able to cause them to real? I should still reiterate that i used to be trying to have this dialog with you in a semipublic context.

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