In 2015, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz collaborated on a book, Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue.
The book brought together Harris and Nawaz who initially clashed at a debate several years ago. After working together on the book, this new film, available on December 11th, is a continuation of the conversation they began in the book.
You can watch the trailer for the film, Islam & The Future Of Tolerance here:
The film, like the book, finds Harris and Nawaz trying to have a constructive conversation about Islam, Islamism, fundamentalism, terrorism, and the various ways this kind of conversation often goes wrong.
Harris is a prominent atheist, neuroscientist, and author who has been a well-known critic of Islam in the years since 9/11. His books like The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation are some of his more well-known works.
Nawaz is a former Islamist, and was a member of the radical Islamist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, before being arrested and spending several years in prison in Egypt. Since leaving prison in 2006, Nawaz decided to leave behind the Islamist mindset and embrace a more liberal world-view. He works to reform Islam from within and started Quilliam, a counter-extremism organisation.
Both Harris and Nawaz have engaged in several debates with a variety of religious leaders and apologists over the years. I am hoping that the film will provide an enlightening and entertaining look at a conversation about important topics. If you are unfamiliar with either Harris or Nawaz, you can find many videos of them on YouTube.
If the dialogue in the film is what I expect, then we should all hope that this kind of conversation becomes more of the norm instead of some of the more vitriolic discussion we see in a lot of politics, religion, and on social media today.
Look for Islam & The Future Of Tolerance on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018.