Islam’s tolerance of religious minorities (Opinion, Page A21)

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Straits Times

 In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Associate Professor Syed Farid Alatas from the Departments of Sociology and Malay Studies at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Assoc Prof Alatas discussed about the reconciliation of the idea of Islam as a religion of peace, with the verses of the Quran that appear to support the violence perpetrated against Christians, such as those during the reigns of Al-Hakim and Al-Baghdadi. He pointed out that a proper approach to the interpretation of Quranic texts, involving a correct contextual understanding of its meanings, and the study of Islamic history, will reveal that tolerance and acceptance of non-Muslim minorities were the norm.

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