This book gives a concise, readable introduction to the relationship between Islam and dialogue. Drawing on the Qur'an, the Sunna and Islamic history it demonstrates that dialogue is an integral part of the very fabric of Islam, dispelling popular misconceptions. Contemporary realities, from globalisation to economic, ecological and political crises, make intercultural dialogue a pressing human concern. Many look to dialogue to address intergroup tension and to help us draw effectively on diverse perspectives in tackling shared problems. In considering personal engagement with dialogue a committed Muslim will inevitably ask, "What does Islam have to say about dialogue?" In this book, accessible to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, Ahmet Kurucan and Mustafa K. Erol provide a concise introduction to the question, exploring relevant teachings in the Qur'an and the Sunnah and their application in Islamic history.
In a question and answer format and a readable style, they demonstrate that dialogue is part of the fabric of Islam, required by our God-given, innate human disposition, and by fundamental Islamic principles of conduct derived from mainstream, longestablished understanding of the Qur'an and Sunnah. The authors also address elements of Islamic sources and traditional interpretation sometimes taken as contradicting the case for dialogue, such as verses of the Qur'an warning against friendships with 'Jews and Christians' or speaking of killing unbelievers, the traditional view that apostates should be executed, and certain interpretations of the concept of jihad. Dispelling popular misconceptions, they reveal Islam's essential commitment to good neighbourliness, peace and fairness. By examining the meaning of dialogue they also show that it in no way requires participants to compromise their own beliefs and values.
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