Film Screening at The University of Pennsylvania: Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Event Description:

On February 26, 2020 College Republicans, with support from CTF, screened Islam and the Future of Tolerance, a documentary based on the book by Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz.

In the documentary, “Sam and Maajid attempt to explore their real or imagined divides by clearly and rationally dissecting their disagreements. Through the course of their discussions, they tackle troubling passages from the Quran, the importance of the precision of language and terms (such as “Jihadism,” “Islamists,” and “radical,”) and the difficulty in finding helpful and honest responses in a fraught political terrain. Ultimately, this unlikely collaboration sheds light on the many confusions that afflict the public conversation about Islam and emphasizes how the virtues of open dialogue can help foster both understanding and tolerance in an increasingly polarized world.”

Students engaged in a roundtable discussion following the film in which they explored their new knowledge and its implications for their own lives and their communities. After viewing the film, attendees were able to discuss the challenges between secularism and Islam in an appropriate and culturally sensitive way.