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A Consensus for Coexistence

Employing a Strategy of Tolerance
  • Aaron Tyler
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Abstract

It is inevitable that a culture’s mores, ethical norms, religious ideas, and political interests will, at some point, collide with those of the Other. While societies cannot completely eliminate such conflicts, citizens of the world continue to probe processes of mutual understanding and active engagement to help mitigate misunderstanding, animosity, and violence. This project looked at tolerance as an instrument for coexistence through a cultural-comparative lens. As stated in chapter one, any attempt to compartmentalize human beings—on any level—is charged with theoretical and practical limitations. Chapter one addressed the potential hazards associated with a cultural-comparative model, especially its proneness to generalize and misinterpret traditions and its tendency to neglect cross-cultural commonalities. As Khaled Abou El Fadl and others have pointed out, the binary, compartmentalizing framework of cross-cultural analysis does retain a propensity to misinterpret and confound the complicated, multi-level relationship within and between Islamic and Western nations. Thus, this comparative study proceeded with caution, cognizant of these snares. In fact, it is hoped this work has helped to endorse the rich multiplicity inside both Western and Islamic civilizations, showing how cultural and religious identity has been grafted to diverging geographical and historical contexts, creating a collage of diverse traditions, languages, rituals, and ideologies within both civilizations.

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Western Culture Free Speech Moral Worth Muslim World Western Tradition 
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