Something better than tolerance

“As a Muslim, a scholar of Islamic studies, and a human-rights activist, I write to argue—indeed plead—against tolerance. Instead, let us look to a new decade that aspires to the higher moral ground of pluralism.

Especially during the last 10 years, we have repeatedly been told that we should strive to become more ‘tolerant’ citizens and develop more tolerant forms of Islam. I respectfully disagree.”

Omid Safi, professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, proposes that tolerance doesn’t go far enough to preserve American society.  Read  his essay “ Tolerance” in An Era in Ideas, a special edition of The Chronicle Review.


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