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Boundaries of Toleration

Edited by Alfred Stepan and Charles Taylor

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Paper, 328 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-16567-9
$30.00 / £20.50

February, 2014
Cloth, 328 pages,
ISBN: 978-0-231-16566-2
$90.00 / £62.00

How can people of diverse religious, ethnic, and linguistic allegiances and identities live together without committing violence, inflicting suffering, or oppressing each other? In this volume, contributors explore the limits of toleration and suggest we think beyond them to mutual respect. Salman Rushdie reflects on the once tolerant Sufi-Hindu culture of Kashmir. Ira Katznelson follows with an intellectual history of toleration as a layered institution in the West. Charles Taylor advances a new approach to secularism in our multicultural world, and Akeel Bilgrami responds by offering context and caution to that approach. Nadia Urbinati explores why Cicero’s humanist ideal of Concord was not used in response to religious discord. The volume concludes with a refutation of the claim that toleration was invented in the West. Rajeev Bhargava writes on Asoka’s India, and Karen Barkey explores toleration within the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires. Sudipta Kaviraj examines accommodations and conflicts in India, and Alfred Stepan highlights contributions to toleration and multiple democratic secularisms in such Muslim-majority countries as Indonesia and Senegal.

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About the Author

Alfred Stepan is the Wallace Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University. He is the coauthor of Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation and Crafting State Nations and the coeditor of Democracy and Islam in Indonesia.

Charles Taylor is professor emeritus of philosophy at McGill University and the author of Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity; Modern Social Imaginaries; and A Secular Age.

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