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This book provides an honest assessment of the contemporary relationship between Western and Islamic cultures and puts forth the cross-cultural idea of tolerance as one invaluable approach for affecting peaceful coexistence. For a sustainable coexistence to occur between Western and Muslim worlds, a disposition of tolerance toward otherness must be developed that permeates all levels of society, from local to global engagements. This timely comparative study presents a succinct analysis of select writings and practices of tolerance in Western and Islamic histories to show how a mutually esteemed conception of tolerance is discernable and absolutely essential in a world of lasting difference.
• Colliding or Converging Civilizations
• A Historical Glimpse of Tolerance in the West
• Modern Tolerance: A Practical and Theoretical Critique
• Discovering Islam: A Taproot of Tolerance
• A Diverse Sampling of Tolerance in the History of Islam
• A Consensus for Coexistence: Employing a Strategy of Tolerance