Islamic Political Ethics: Civil Society, Pluralism, and Conflict

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One of the most dynamic aspects of the Islamic revival during the past two centuries has been the rethinking of Islamic political thought. A broad range of actors, ideas, and ideologies characterize the debate on how Islamic ethics and law should be manifested in modern institutions. Yet this aspect of the "return to Islam" has been neglected by policymakers, the media, and even many scholars, who equate "political Islam" with merely one strand, labeled "Islamic fundamentalism." Bringing together ten essays from ...
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Overview

One of the most dynamic aspects of the Islamic revival during the past two centuries has been the rethinking of Islamic political thought. A broad range of actors, ideas, and ideologies characterize the debate on how Islamic ethics and law should be manifested in modern institutions. Yet this aspect of the "return to Islam" has been neglected by policymakers, the media, and even many scholars, who equate "political Islam" with merely one strand, labeled "Islamic fundamentalism." Bringing together ten essays from six volumes of the Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics, this book gives a rounded treatment to the subject of Islamic political ethics. The authors explore the Islamic ethics of civil society, boundaries, pluralism, and war and peace. They consider questions of diversity, discussing, among other subjects, Islamic regimes' policies regarding women and religious minorities. The chapters on war and peace take up such crucial and timely issues as the Islamic ethics of jihad, examining both the legitimate conditions for the declaration of war and the proper conduct of war. In their discussions, the contributors analyze the works of classical writers as well as the full range of modern reinterpretations. But beyond these analyses of previous and contemporary thinkers, the essays also reach back to the two fundamental sources of Islamic ethics -- the Qur'an and traditions of the Prophet -- to develop fresh insights into how Islam and Muslims can contribute to human society in the twenty-first century.
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Religious Studies Review
While the jihad and civil society material have been covered elsewhere in detail, it is convenient to have these discussions brought together in one volume, and some of the ethical questions in particular break new ground.
— Omid Safi
Religious Studies Review - Omid Safi
While the jihad and civil society material have been covered elsewhere in detail, it is convenient to have these discussions brought together in one volume, and some of the ethical questions in particular break new ground.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2003

"While the jihad and civil society material have been covered elsewhere in detail, it is convenient to have these discussions brought together in one volume, and some of the ethical questions in particular break new ground."--Omid Safi, Religious Studies Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691113098
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/22/2002
  • Series: Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Of Theology and Diplomacy
Preface
Pt. I State and Civil Society 1
1 Civil Society and Government in Islam 3
2 Perspectives on Islam and Civil Society 38
3 Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society: A Reflective Islamic Approach 56
Pt. II Boundaries and Distributive Justice 77
4 Islamic Perspectives on Territorial Boundaries and Autonomy 79
5 Religion and the Maintenance of Boundaries: An Islamic View 102
Pt. III Pluralism and International Society 113
6 Islam and Ethical Pluralism 115
7 The Scope of Pluralism in Islamic Moral Traditions 135
8 Islamic Ethics in International Society 148
Pt. IV War and Peace 173
9 War and Peace in Islam 175
10 Interpreting the Islamic Ethics of War and Peace 194
Glossary 217
Contributors 219
Index 221
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