If the Qur'an indeed supports pluralism, despite years of interpretation to the contrary by traditional exegetes, how far is it legitimate to go in acknowledging the truth claims of religions other than Islam? I predict that this conversation increasingly will occupy the thoughts of scholars, philosophers, and social activists in the coming years as Muslims continue to grow in numbers in the West and continue to face the challenges of living where Islam is not the norm but only one of a number of competing claims in a vast market of religious wares.

 

Jane Smith is Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs and Lecturer in Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of numerous books and articles on American Muslims, including most recently Islam in America (rev., NY: Columbia University Press, 2009); Educating the Muslims of America, co-edited with Farid Senzai and Yvonne Haddad (NY: Oxford University Press, 2009); Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue (NY: Oxford University Press, 2007); and Muslim Women in America: The Challenge of Islamic Identity Today, with Yvonne Haddad and Kathleen Moore (NY: Oxford University Press, 2006).