Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Qur'an / Edition 1

Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Qur'an / Edition 1

by Toshihiko Izutsu
     
 

ISBN-10: 0773524274

ISBN-13: 9780773524279

Pub. Date: 06/06/2002

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press


In the Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Qur'án Toshihiko Izutsu analyzes the guiding spirit of the Islamic moral code, the basic ethical relationship of man to God. Izutsu asserts that, according to the Qur'anic conception, God is of an ethical nature and acts upon man in an ethical way. The resulting implications for man are enormous, requiring devotion not…  See more details below

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In the Ethico-Religious Concepts in the Qur'án Toshihiko Izutsu analyzes the guiding spirit of the Islamic moral code, the basic ethical relationship of man to God. Izutsu asserts that, according to the Qur'anic conception, God is of an ethical nature and acts upon man in an ethical way. The resulting implications for man are enormous, requiring devotion not merely to God but to living one's life ethically. Izutsu shows that for the Qur'an our ethical response to God's actions is religion itself; it is at the same time both ethics and religion. Izutsu explores these themes by employing ethnolinguistics, a theory of the interrelations between linguistic cultural patterns, to analyse the semantic structure of major concepts in the Quar'an. Islam, which arose in the seventh century, represents one of the most sweeping religious reforms ever to appear in the East. The Quar'an shows in vividly concrete terms how time-honoured tribal norms came into bloody conflict with new ideals of life, and finally yielded to the rising power. This transitional epoch is of particular importance in the whole of Islamic thought, a time during which the key terms of a traditionally fixed system of values were transformed in their connotative structure, modified in their combinations, and finally integrated into an entirely different system. Originally published in 1959 as The Structure of the Ethical Terms in the Koran and revised under the current title in 1966, this 2002 reprint makes this classic work of Islamic studies once again available.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773524279
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
06/06/2002
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
706,508
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Language and Culture3
IThe Scope and Focus of the Study16
IIThe Method of Analysis and Its Application24
IIIThe Pessimistic Conception of the Earthly Life45
IVThe Spirit of Tribal Solidarity55
VThe Islamization of Old Arab Virtues74
Generosity75
Courage83
Loyalty86
Veracity97
Patience101
VIThe Basic Moral Dichotomy105
The Companions of Paradise108
The Companions of Hell111
VIIThe Inner Structure of the Concept of Kufr119
The Element of Ingratitude in Kufr120
Kufr as Opposed to Iman124
The Heart of a Kafir127
Kufr and Shirk130
Kufr in the Sense of 'Going Astray'133
Hawa as the Immediate Cause of Dalal139
The Attitude of Haughtiness142
Mocking at Revelation152
Contentiousness154
VIIIThe Semantic Field of Kufr156
Fasiq156
Fajir162
Zalim164
IXReligious Hypocrisy178
XThe Believer184
The Ideal Believer184
Iman, Belief, as Opposed to Kufr187
Islam and Muslim189
Divine Guidance193
The Fear of God195
Thankfulness200
XIGood and Bad203
Salih204
Birr207
Fasad211
Ma'ruf and Munkar213
Khayr and Sharr217
HSN and SW'221
Fahsha' or Fahishah233
Tayyib and Khabith235
Haram and Halal237
Sins241
Conclusion250
Index of Qur'anic Citations255
Index of Arabic Words265
Index of Subjects276

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