In this study Emilio Platti dares to inquire directly into the compatibility between Islam and Christianity, as well as between Islam and modernity. He explores a number of critical questions: What precisely does the Qur’an have to say about Christians? How can we explain the resentment toward the “West” that characterizes some Muslims? Does the so-called “clash of civilizations” have its roots in Islamic theology? Is it possible to speak in a “monolithic” fashion about Islam? What is the relationship between Islamic law and modern theories of human rights? What does it mean to be a believer, and might this not be the real heart of the tensions and controversies that mark so much of the contemporary encounter between Islam and the West?
Platti’s book engages both classical and contemporary readings of the Islamic tradition and offers a nuanced, challenging view not only of its past but also of its present and the directions it might take in the years ahead.
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