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  • The Spirit of Tolerance in Islam

    I. B. Tauris Publishers in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies, 2012.

    ISBN Paperback:
    978-1-78076-131-2
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    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.




































































  • 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


    Dhimmīs: ‘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