Forbidding Wrong in Islam: An Introduction

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Overview

Michael Cook's classic study, Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought (Cambridge, 2001), reflected upon the Islamic injunction to forbid wrongdoing. This book is a short, accessible survey of the same material. Using Islamic history to illustrate his argument, Cook unravels the complexities of the subject by demonstrating how the past informs the present. At the book's core is an important message about the values of Islamic traditions and their relevance in the modern world.

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"… this is an excellent book, one that provides a concise synthesis of one of the most important concepts driving Islamic thought."
Brannon M. Wheeler, Journal of Near Eastern Studies

"… every modern student of Islamic law should study this work seriously."
Afzal Sumar, Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521829137
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Series: Themes in Islamic History Series , #3
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University. His publications include Early Muslim Dogma (1981), The Koran: A Very Short Introduction (2000) and Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought (2000).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Map
1 Introduction 1
2 The elements of the duty of forbidding wrong 11
3 How is wrong to be forbidden? 27
4 When is one unable to forbid wrong? 45
5 What about privacy? 57
6 The state as an agent of forbidding wrong 65
7 The state as an agent of wrongdoing 73
8 Is anyone against forbidding wrong? 83
9 What was forbidding wrong like in practice? 97
10 What has changed for the Sunnis in modern times? 111
11 What has changed for the Imamis in modern times? 131
12 Do non-Islamic cultures have similiar values? 147
13 Do we have similar value? 163
Index 173
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