As we gear up for Toke for Tolerance in Colorado next June (tickets are on sale now), we’re putting out more content aimed at digging into the issues dividing faith communities in the 21st century.

We assembled this reading list ahead of the conference to give people a chance to gain alternative perspectives. We hope the list is also useful for other interfaith practitioners.

It’s organized according to the topics Toke for Tolerance addresses.

If we missed anything let us know, and we will update the list accordingly.



The King James Bible

The Study Quran, Seyyed Hossein Nasr

The Tanya, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, aka The Alter Rebbe

The Way of God, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato


The Surveillance State

The Watchers: The Rise of America’s Surveillance State, Shane Harris

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA & the US Surveillance State, Glenn Greenwald

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces, Radley Balko


Colonialism, Racism, fascism, and Western foreign policy

Orientalism, Edward Said

An Era of Darkness: What the British Did to India, Sashi Tharoor

Ride the Tiger, A Survival Manual for Aristocrats of the Soul, Julius Evola

Kill All Normies, Angela Nagle

Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East, Barry Rubin

Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt

The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn


Religiously Motivated Violence and Extremism

Milestones, Sayyid Qutb

Guardianship of the Jurist, Ayatollah Khomeini

Bronze Age Mindset, Bronze Age Pervert

Radical, Maajid Nawaz

The King’s Torah, Yitzchak Shapira & Yosef Elitzur


The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and its Impact on Diasporic Communities

Jerusalem, Simon Sebag-Montifiore

Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right Wing Zionism, Daniel Kupfert Heller

Altneuland, Theodore Herzl

The Prime Ministers, Yehuda Avner

One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse, Ali Abunimah

I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity. Izzeldin Abuelaish

As Dreamers, Yossi Klein HaLevi

To the End of the Land, David Grossman

The International Jew, Henry Ford

Protocols of the Elders of Zion


Communal Coercion and Freedom of Conscience.

The Atheist Muslim, Ali Rizvi

Essay Concerning Toleration, John Locke

Islam and the Secular State, Ahmed Abdullahi Ad-Naim

Women and Sharia Law: The Impact of Legal Pluralism in the UK, Elham Manea


Group Dynamics and the Psychology of Alienation, Fear, and Rage.

Combating Cult Mind Control, Steve Hassan

Violence and the Sacred, Rene Girard

Bullshit Jobs, David Graeber

Non-Violent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg

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