Islam and Religious Freedom: A Sourcebook of Scriptural, Theological, and Legal Texts

Author: Abdullah Saeed

December 5, 2014

Carried out by the Religious Freedom Project with the aid of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, this sourcebook presents primary documents surveying historical and contemporary approaches to religious freedom in Islam. These documents, spanning the seventh century to the present, include Qur'anic texts, official religious texts, philosophical texts, and legal and political texts.
An introduction and commentary by Professor Abdullah Saeed contextualizes the formative, middle, and modern periods of Islamic history. Professor Saeed also draws attention to key historical and contemporary issues which feature in the primary sources, including religious freedom of non-Muslims and apostasy, and argues that religious freedom constitutes contested ground in contemporary Islam.

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