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Strong Religion: The Rise of Fundamentalism around the World by Gabriel A. Almond, R. Scott Appleby, and Emmanuel Sivan is based on the studies by the Fundamentalism Project under Martin Marty.

The Trouble with Islam: A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith by Irshad Manji; includes Ijtihad that she sees as the best hope for Islam; see her web site link below.

The Koran translated with notes by N. J. Dawood is the Koran Irshad Manji recommends in her book, above; a link below helps you find passages in the Koran.

A New Religious America: how America has become the world's most religiously diverse nation by Diana L. Eck is highly recommended. She describes the diversity existing in America, and discusses ways religions relate positively and negatively.

The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism by Karen Armstrong

Is Religion Killing Us? Violence in the Bible and Quran by Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer; reviews the many deadly passages in the books of these religions.

The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror by Stephen Schwartz is about the history and qualities of Wahhabism, the Islamic movement funded by the Saudis, that teaches hatred for Jews, Christians, and the west.

Hidden Voices: Biblical Women and Our Christian Heritage by Heidi B. Parales documents the evidence of inspiring Biblical women; she has many fresh insights.

Beyond Belief: the Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels explores Gnosticism and the history of the Christian Church in its first 300 years.

In Search of Paul by John Dominic Crossan & Jonathan L. Reed is a scholarly, careful searching of Paul's confronting Rome with God's Royal Rule.

Essential Sufism edited by James Fadiman & Robert Frager explores the Sufi mystical movement in Islam that Wahhabism fights.

Ways of Being Religious: Readings for a new approach to religion by Frederick J. Streng, Charles L. Lloyd, Jr., Jay T. Allen includes provocative insights from a wide range of thinkers of many religions and none.

Islam: a Short History by Karen Armstrong

Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam by Robert Dreyfuss; American policies with lack of knowledge of Arabic and Islam paved the way for fundamentalist onslought.

On the internet:
Irshad Manji's web site and information about her and about Ijtihad; letters link reflects toxic, judgemental views and accepting, therapeutic ones.

Introduction to Islam from the Ontorio Consultation on Religious Tolerance

History and Hilights of Islam from the Ontorio Consultation on Religious Tolerance

Fundamentalism in Christianity & Islam from the Ontorio Consultation on Religious Tolerance

Judaism from the Ontorio Consultation on Religious Tolerance

Christianity from the Ontorio Consultation on Religious Tolerance

Search engine for text of the Koran.