‘Islam’ Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today

Wednesday, 31 October 2012 | A Public Affair

On Wednesday October 31st, John Quinlan subbing for Tonya Brito interviewed Amitabh Pal about his recent book, “‘Islam’ Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today.” Amitabh Pal is the editor of The Progressive magazine and co-editor of The Progressive Media Project. As part of his work with The Progressive, he has had the opportunity to speak with many brilliant minds including Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, and Joseph Stiglitz. His work has been used in school and college textbooks and he has appeared on the BBC, C-SPAN and on several radio stations. Pal holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in political science, specializing in international relations and comparative relations, from North Carolina State University. Pal will be featured at this year’s Wisconsin Book Festival (November 7-11). He will be speaking at the series “Being Muslim: Living and Learning,” on Wednesday November 7th in the Promenade Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts.

 ”‘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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