"Islam" Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today

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ABC-CLIO, Mar 3, 2011 - Religion - 276 pages
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"Islam" Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today provides a rebuttal to general misperceptions about the religion by documenting its rich tradition of nonviolence. To that end, the book examines the sources of Islam—the Qur'an, the main religious text of Islam, and the Hadith, the deeds and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. It contests the prevalent notion that Islam is built on violence in part by illuminating the role of the tolerant, mystical tradition of Sufism in Islam, while at the same time examining the misunderstood place of jihad in the religion.

The book is not, however, a historical or theological treatise. Rather, it focuses on the tradition of nonviolence in modern Muslim societies. By spotlighting recent peaceful protest movements in Muslim communities, the book underscores the truly global and multicultural nature of the Islamic tradition of nonviolence. The findings here will be invaluable for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, revealing an alternative tradition both can embrace.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Sources of Nonviolence in Islam
13
Chapter 3 At the Point of a Sword? How Islam Actually Spread
45
The Sufis and Other Pacifist Muslim Sects
59
Grappling with the Most Controversial Aspect of Islam
83
Nonviolence among the Pashtuns of Pakistan
97
Muslim Gandhians
125
The Struggle of the Kosovar Albanians
141
Nonviolence in the Middle East
163
Palestinians and Nonviolence
179
Peaceful Protest in Modern South Asia
213
Chapter 12 Conclusion
225
Notes
231
Bibliography
259
Index
267
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Amitabh Pal is managing editor of The Progressive magazine and coeditor of The Progressive Media Project.

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