Here, a prominent critic of Islamic Puritanism leads a lively debate by arguing that Islam is a deeply tolerant religion. Through a close reading of the Qur'an, Khaled Abou El Fadl demonstrates that injunctions to violence against n-believers stem from misreadings. Even jihad, or so-called holy war, has basis in Qur'anic text or Muslim theology, but instead is an outgrowth of social and political conflict. Leading scholars of Islam offer enhanced commentary.
Khaled Abou El Fadl is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Fellow in Islamic Law at UCLA and author of Rebellion and Violence in Islamic Law.