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Islam and the Future of Tolerance Audiobook

Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue

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In this short book, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz invite you to join an urgently needed conversation: Is Islam a religion of peace or war? Is it amenable to reform? Why do so many Muslims seem drawn to extremism? What do words like Islamism, jihadism, and fundamentalism mean in today's world?

Remarkable for the breadth and depth of its analysis, this dialogue between a famous atheist and a former radical is all the more startling for its decorum. Harris and Nawaz have produced something genuinely new: they engage one of the most polarizing issues of our time - fearlessly and fully - and actually make progress.

Islam and the Future of Tolerance has been published with the explicit goal of inspiring a wider public discussion by way of example. In a world riven by misunderstanding and violence, Harris and Nawaz demonstrate how two people with very different views can find common ground.

©2015 Sam Harris & Maajid Nawaz (P)2015 Sam Harris & Maajid Nawaz

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    Andre Wallace Simonsen 12-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Must read for an honest debate on the topics"

    As the late Christopher Hitchens expertly said about arguments between two matched "opponents", it is very seldom that the position of both will remain exactly the same, changes and concessions will occur and the debate will advance. Even if only a little at a time.

    In this book you can see Sam and Maajid views growing better and more refined about the topics of Islam, islamism, secularism, the muslim society, radicalization and tolerance.

    I'd already read all of Sam's books, so Maajid was the greatest surprise for me and greatly enriched my views about radicalization (and the different levels it can happen) and islamic culture in general (specially the many possible interpretations of the Quran, the Hadith and other texts).

    I'll be sure to read his book "Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism" as soon as possible.

    This book is a must read for everyone who wants to honestly discuss the topics abovementioned and I highly recommend it.

    (I'm sorry if there are any typos or mistakes, I'm brazilian and english is my second language)

    44 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    Michael D. Taylor Pleasant Hill, CA, US 12-29-15
    Michael D. Taylor Pleasant Hill, CA, US 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ready for re-listening"

    Both authors speak beautifully, leaving space for many thoughts about their probing ideas. Voice performance matters in an audiobook, and the even, calm of the authors' voices eased my way into challenging material. Since my background knowledge of Islam is limited, I had to really think about each concept presented. I am inspired to listen again to the book, and read the materials mentioned in the verbal bibliography.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Konstantinos Sweden 12-28-15
    Konstantinos Sweden 12-28-15
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    "A conversation we need"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book because it is an intellectually honest conversation that presents carefully considered issues in Islam from two very different perspectives which, in my opinion, is the reason this book succeeds. It is also important that this book paves the way for other people to engage in similar honest discussions because we cannot stick our heads in the sand and ignore issues.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The authors represent themselves. I think Maajid Nawaz had a more central role in this discussion and made a compelling case as to how one can maneuver carefully and try to reform Islam in a way that will lead to secularism and human rights. On the other hand, Sam Harris was skeptical and made excellent points as to why some core issues of the faith may never be subject to a solution.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz – was your favorite?

    Sam Harris was very effective in showcasing the problem in western societies like the USA where a large group of politically correct groups of people are trying to control criticism of various ideas including Islam because it may offend or they think religion has nothing to do with the problems in Muslim majority countries. This is also a vital message of the book in my opinion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, but that was not the point. The problem demands that we cast aside emotions and arm ourselves with a rational and critical approach.


    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Roby 12-21-15
    Roby 12-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Courageous and fascinating"

    There's a lot of food for thought in this interesting dialogue about one of the most pressing matters of our age. Arguments between the authors are laid out in clarity, directness, and civilized manner - a true delight. They're looking at reality with open eyes, sense of urgency, and concerns yet offering actions which could help the liberal civilization to remain on course.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Donald Wester 03-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "most important conversation"

    In a post-modern, post-liberal world, where public discourse appears to be controlled by extremists, this articulate dialogue is invaluable, and hopeful.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jon D. Kitner 09-12-16

    Who is accomplished enough to claim a critic's eye? Who is as masterful as those who have written for the rest of us to read? When I was a young man, I believed I knew what was better than something else. Now, I am in awe of everything. Now I realize that the older I get, the less I know.

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    "Idealistic almost to a Fault"

    Both Mr. Harris and Mr. Nawab are tremendous spokespersons for their particular world views. Their ideas are rational and reveal a power and resourcefulness that are at times are both disturbing and provocative. When I listened to them what I heard was a deep familiarity with the Koran and the Hadith from Mr. Nawaz and an all business pragmatism from Mr. Harris. What this is is a conversation between an ex-jihadist and an unapologetic and proud atheist. That's interesting enough to listen to. But, the chances of what Mr. Nawaz proposes are slim to none. Look, I'm an idealist too! But, a billion and a third Muslims who would need to take it on themselves to literally change the way scripture is interpreted. They would have to reform. Intractable. Sorry.

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    Amir Sheth 07-21-16
    Amir Sheth 07-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Listen in on an actually productive conversation"
    What did you love best about Islam and the Future of Tolerance?

    The authors discuss provocative issues without derailing the conversation, as is often the case when discussing religion.

    The book clarifies the issue of Islamism to "liberals" of all stripes - liberal in this context being proponents of free expression, freedom from religion, advancement of equal rights, etc. - frankly, the values that allow for pluralistic societies.

    After all, we should be able to criticize ideas which limit our liberal values, right? They do it.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A liberal Muslim and liberal atheist discuss controversial topics and make headway. They base this discussion on their common ground as liberals. In the supplemental Q&A, they have clearly formed a friendship through the process. Listening in on their conversation is very helpful in having conversations of our own.


    What about Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz ’s performance did you like?

    Maajid educated me regarding the nuances of Islamists vs. Muslims, and in interpreting the texts. Sam, as always, honestly asks pointed questions with the aim of understanding. This conversation is pragmatic about finding common ground forward, therefore they avoid discussing the validity of the religion or their personal views on the truth of it. This was an honest conversation, and I trusted it.


    If you could give Islam and the Future of Tolerance a new subtitle, what would it be?

    An actually productive conversation. Go figure.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Spivey 12-26-15
    Mark Spivey 12-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Sets red herrings aside"

    This is an amazingly enlightened honest conversation, between two individuals that focus on real root issues instead of grandstanding

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    Salem 03-19-16
    Salem 03-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The new standard for discussing Islamic issues."

    This is the kind of book where I wish to listen to over and over again just to ingrain everything said in it into my mind. As a muslim struggling with other muslims, this book was the thing that set my mind free from a lot of weights that I felt on my shoulder. It tackled topics that have been eating my mind for so long in a way that pushed these thoughts towards progress for the first time in recent Islam history. I have to thank both sam and maajid for these results. Maajid for giving muslims the exact mentality that we should take for tolerance, and Sam for asking exactly the right questions that needed to be asked to push the conversation forward. This ability of Sam to know exactly what to ask and to take every topic to its logical end astonishes me every time I listen to him.

    This should be the book that starts the new standard of discussing Islam. no beating around the bushes. Islam either can or cannot exist with modern society, and we need to push the conversation to find out.

    other than that, the performance of both was amazing. It started with them sounding like they were reading from a book rather than talking, but slowly turned into a natural conversation. The additional conversation at the end after the book was published was also very humanizing.

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    PeterB 05-20-16
    PeterB 05-20-16
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    "Majid Nawaz more Thoughtful than Depicted in Media"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Islam and the Future of Tolerance to be better than the print version?

    It is superior to the print version because nothing beats audio in following a debate of very fine points between two thoughtful speakers.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Majid Nawaz' syntheses of his experience and knowledge of radical Islam. I admired both Nawaz and Harris's approach in discussing their disagreements.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz – was your favorite?

    Hands down Majid Nawaz. Harris is as eloquent as ever, but he seemed a bit dismissive of some of Nawaz's counter-arguments. His early breakdown of kinds of Islamists, jihadist and conservatives is excellent. It laid a strong foundation of the subsequent discussion. Sam Harris' s follow-up questions also helped clarify the discourse immensely. I grew up in the Middle East; followed debates on political Islam closely; but this is a little better; a "cut-above" if you will. It is also far more thoughtful than the debates where the religiously-afflicted waste Sam Harris's time on non-issues.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I am an atheist Arab American who chose to keep quiet on these issues for a long time. It inspired me to actively participate in the conversation. How? I do not know yet.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish both thinkers adopt the same style of discourse in many more works to come, even if it means no "sound bites" for the media.

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    "The most important topic of our time"

    So pleased to have learnt about Maajid through Sam Harris. A true leading light with a humanitarian and reasoned voice we can all listen to - believers and non-believers alike.

    It has helped me to understand a topic that I too once felt the need to obsfucate out of liberal tendency.

    This is a very important book and I look forward to following the continuing dialogue.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • KatieStar
    1/3/17
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    "Bold"

    Bold conversation, one that is much needed. Educational, inspiring and shining a light on a way forward.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Dean Bucknall
    6/30/16
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    "essential"

    surely one of the most important conversations of our time. read it and encourage others to do so.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    6/13/16
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    "Absolutely brilliant, a real eye opener"

    Constructive debate in the quest for Human rights values, a must for anyone who wants to educate themselves on this very prevalent topic.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rich Munn
    12/26/16
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    "The importance of dialogue"

    This book shows the importance of dialogue and how vital it is to have a rich vocabulary around these ideas is. The conflict between pre-modern, modern, and post-modern perspectives is probably the biggest issue we currently face.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • mr Peter Mo
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    6/2/16
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    "Good"
    Any additional comments?

    The book has done what it set out to do in my opinion. And having the extra part at the end only for the audio book listeners was very welcome.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • martin mcclenaghan
    6/10/16
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    "Insight"

    this book cleared up a lot of things for me around Islam, terms used in the media and increased my overall general knowledge on people who are Muslim. This conversation is engaging due to the fact that these are the really dodgy questions no one wants to ask but the questions are put in an intellectual manner and responded to similarly. I agree with the goals of this book and think they have Greta Value.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • SS
    4/27/16
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    "A valuable and insightful analysis"

    Clear thoughts and balanced assessments of one of the biggest challenges that the world faces.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    4/19/16
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    "A very important and engaging book"

    This conversation is perfect antidote to the frustrating and usually baffling noise that constitutes the majority of public discourse about Islam, particularly online. The primary point of the book is the not even the material but the manner of conversation. It's a refreshing example of how to explore issues constructively without descending into defensiveness and ideological sleight of hand.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    4/19/16
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    "The Conversation We all Need To Be Having"

    A really interesting dialogue between two polar opposites. Quite a few difficult stand points addressed and explained.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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