Publication

  • Through compelling historical illustration and careful theological exposition, this monograph mounts a concise but powerful argument that the Islamic faith is inherently and emphatically tolerant by nature and disposition. Part 1 examines the practice of tolerance in Muslim history, focusing upon four specific dynastic contexts: the Ottomansinfo-icon, Mughalsinfo-icon, Fatimidsinfo-icon and the Umayyadsinfo-icon of Spain. Part 2 then explores the roots of this impressive tradition, revealing that the religious, political and legal tolerance characterising the history of Muslim encounters with other faith traditions is the outward expression of a profound spirit of respect for all revealed religions – a spirit enshrined in the Qur’anic revelation and embodied in the ethical comportment of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam.

    Though aimed at a general readership, this work will be especially valuable to students and teachers in the areas of Muslim history, ethics and spirituality, as well as those interested in the role of Islam within the fields of comparative religion, interfaith dialogue and contemporary international relations.

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    Acknowledgements

    ix

    Introduction: The Trajectory of Tolerance

    1

       

    Part 1 A Glance at the Historical Record

    21

    The Ottomansinfo-icon

    21

    The Mughalsinfo-icon

    32

    The Fatimidsinfo-icon

    38

    The Umayyadsinfo-icon of Cordoba

    47

    Dhimmis: ‘Protected Minorities’

    59

       

    Part 2 The Spirit of Tolerance

    75

    Tolerance and Revealed Knowledge

    76

    Confirmation and Protection

    89

    Plurality of Faiths

    96

    Healthy Competition

    101

    Inevitability of Difference

    107

    The Prophetic Paradigm: Compassionate Forbearance

    111

       

    Epilogue

    131

    Notes

    135

    Select Bibliography

    157

     

  • Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi

    English
    Founding editor of the Islamic World Report, Reza Shah-Kazemi studied International Relations and Politics at Sussex and Exeter Universities before obtaining his PhD in Comparative Religion from the University of Kent in 1994. He has authored and translated several works, including Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi and Meister Eckhart (World Wisdom, 2006); Justice and Remembrance ?Introducing the Spirituality of Imam ?Ali (I. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2006); Doctrines of Shi'i Islam (I. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of...Read more