Pluralism and the Najran Christians: How Prophet Muhammad Went Beyond Toleration

A door facing the sea is seen open as it was left by workers of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco (@torrenegra). A door facing the sea is seen open as it was left by workers of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco (@torrenegra).

Last week I gave a presentation in front of a group of undergraduate and postgraduate students at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The title of my lecture was “Religious Pluralism in Islam: Analyzing Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants with Christians”. The Prezi is available here. As is the case with academic presentations, there was a short question and answers session towards the end of our time slot. One member of the audience pushed back on my assertion that Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants with the Christians of his time promoted religious pluralism. This particular person argued that the Covenants foster mere tolerance, which is distinct from religious pluralism.

To frame my argument early in the presentation, I turned to Harvard scholar Diana Eck who notes that religious pluralism has four ingredients. The…

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