The authors of this work consider the origins of tolerance and trace them back to the world religions, an African tribal faith, literature, edicts, decrees and constitutions. They explain how tolerance is practised, or not practised, in our everyday relations with our peers and in our cultures.
From New York City (post September 11) to Northern Ireland and the Middle East, a stellar group of authors bring a world view to the way tolerance is or is not practiced in business, in our religions, in our cultures, and in our political and economic systems. These rich and varied essays include original works from such notable contributors as Muhammad Ali, Nobel Prize Winner Wole Soyinka, writer and journalist Ian Buruma, Egypts Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Zakzouk, and Brandeis University professor Jeffrey Abramson. Beyond promoting a renewed commitment to tolerance, the authors tackle head-on the thought-provoking notion that promoting tolerance also means defining where tolerance stops. What conditions constitute a truly open society? What are the limits to tolerance now?