A new book on Islam, non-violence and religious tolerance, edited by city-based Islamic scholar Zeenat Shaukat Ali, was launched in the city on Tuesday.
The book, Winning the Peace: A Quest, is an anthology of over 30 essays published by Ali’s non-profit organisation Wisdom Foundation, founded three years ago to work towards global peace.
Prominent personalities who have contributed to the book include Salman Khurshid, minister of state for corporate and minority affairs, American consul general Paul Folmsbee, peace activist Kamala Bhasin and Mahatma Gandhi’s great grandson Tushar Gandhi.
“The book does not claim to find answers to today’s widespread violence, but it is a step towards dialogue,” said Ali, director general of the Foundation, whose essay at the end of the book is an in-depth analysis of the war industry around the world.
The book also includes three prize-winning essays by Muslim clerics around the country who participated in Wisdom Foundation’s national essay writing competition for ulemas in 2007.
“The power of peace and love was seen in Swami Aseemanand, who claims he confessed his role in the 2006 bomb blasts after a Muslim youth treated him with love in prison,” said Islamic scholar Asgharali Engineer, who
was present at the book launch along with filmmaker and human rights activist Mahesh Bhatt.