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As the late Christopher Hitchens expertly said about arguments between two matched "opponents", it is very seldom that the position of both will remain exactly the same, changes and concessions will occur and the debate will advance. Even if only a little at a time.
In this book you can see Sam and Maajid views growing better and more refined about the topics of Islam, islamism, secularism, the muslim society, radicalization and tolerance.
I'd already read all of Sam's books, so Maajid was the greatest surprise for me and greatly enriched my views about radicalization (and the different levels it can happen) and islamic culture in general (specially the many possible interpretations of the Quran, the Hadith and other texts).
I'll be sure to read his book "Radical: My Journey out of Islamist Extremism" as soon as possible.
This book is a must read for everyone who wants to honestly discuss the topics abovementioned and I highly recommend it.
(I'm sorry if there are any typos or mistakes, I'm brazilian and english is my second language)
49 of 54 people found this review helpful
Both authors speak beautifully, leaving space for many thoughts about their probing ideas. Voice performance matters in an audiobook, and the even, calm of the authors' voices eased my way into challenging material. Since my background knowledge of Islam is limited, I had to really think about each concept presented. I am inspired to listen again to the book, and read the materials mentioned in the verbal bibliography.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
So pleased to have learnt about Maajid through Sam Harris. A true leading light with a humanitarian and reasoned voice we can all listen to - believers and non-believers alike.
It has helped me to understand a topic that I too once felt the need to obsfucate out of liberal tendency.
This is a very important book and I look forward to following the continuing dialogue.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Bold conversation, one that is much needed. Educational, inspiring and shining a light on a way forward.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Thank you for this thought provoking and mind opening dialogue. Maajid & Sam are refreshingly intelligent, well spoken men who together are leading the way forward in our troubled times. I look forward to them collaborating again in the future.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What a fabulously revealing conversation! Like Sam, I can honestly say I have had my views changed by this book - mostly by Majid's contribution (I was already familiar with Sam's views). The thing I appreciate most about both authors is their respect and unrelenting search for facts or, where facts are less relevant (pluralism in interpreting scripture, for example) for the most plausible and helpful answers or conclusions. They both always play the ball not the player. Never will they obscure an argument by running down an opponent, although neither shy away from sharing facts about their opponents that do the work for them! I love it!!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful