Tolerance and Coercion in Islam: Interfaith Relations in the Muslim Tradition

Tolerance and Coercion in Islam: Interfaith Relations in the Muslim Tradition

by Yohanan Friedmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521827035

ISBN-13: 9780521827034

Pub. Date: 06/30/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Since the beginning of its history, Islam has encountered other religious communities both in Arabia and in the territories conquered during its expansion. The most distinctive characteristic of these encounters was that Muslims faced other religions from the position of a ruling power. They were, therefore, able to determine the nature of that relationship in…  See more details below

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Since the beginning of its history, Islam has encountered other religious communities both in Arabia and in the territories conquered during its expansion. The most distinctive characteristic of these encounters was that Muslims faced other religions from the position of a ruling power. They were, therefore, able to determine the nature of that relationship in accordance with their world-view and beliefs. Yohanan Friedmann's original and erudite study examines questions of religious tolerance and coercion as they appear in the Qur'an and in the prophetic tradition, and analyses the principle that Islam is exalted above all religions, discussing the ways in which this principle was reflected in various legal pronouncements. The book also considers the various interpretations of the Qur'anic verse according to which 'No compulsion is there is religion ...', noting that, despite the apparent meaning of this verse, Islamic law allowed religious coercion to be practiced against Manichaeans and Arab idolaters, as well as against women and children in certain circumstances.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521827034
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series
Pages:
233
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Religious diversity and hierarchy of religions13
2Classification of unbelievers54
3Is there no compulsion in religion?87
4Apostasy121
5Interfaith marriages160
6Concluding observations194
Selected Bibliography200
General Index215
Index of Qur'anic verses231
Index of prophetic traditions233

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