Islamic Political Ethics: Civil Society, Pluralism, and Conflict / Edition 1

Islamic Political Ethics: Civil Society, Pluralism, and Conflict / Edition 1

by Sohail H. Hashmi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691113106

ISBN-13: 9780691113104

Pub. Date: 07/22/2002

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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 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.

The authors are Dale F. Eickelman, Hasan Hanafi, Sohail H. Hashmi, Farhad Kazemi, John Kelsay, Muhammad Khalid Masud, Sulayman Nyang, Bassam Tibi, and M. Raquibuz Zaman.

From the foreword by Jack Miles:

"Western foreign ministers and secretaries of state may have to learn a little theology if the looming clash between embattled elements both in the West and in the Muslim umma is to yield to disengagement and peaceful coexistence, to say nothing of fruitful collaboration. . . . It is, then, no idle academic exercise that the thinkers whose work is collected here have in hand. The long-term practical importance of their work can scarcely be overstated."


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691113104
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/22/2002
Series:
Ethikon Series in Comparative Ethics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword: Of Theology and Diplomacy by Jack Miles vii

Preface by Sohail H. Hashmi xi

PART I: STATE AND CIVIL SOCIETY 1

One

Civil Society and Government in Islam by John Kelsay 3

Two

Perspectives on Islam and Civil Society by Farhad Kazemi 38

Three

Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society: A Reflective Islamic Approach by Hasan Hanafi 56

PART II: BOUNDARIES AND DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE 77

Four

Islamic Perspectives on Territorial Boundaries and Autonomy by M. Raquibuz Zaman 79

Five

Religion and the Maintenance of Boundaries: An Islamic View by Sulayman Nyang 102

PART III: PLURALISM AND INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY 113

Six

Islam and Ethical Pluralism by Dale F. Eickelman 115

Seven

The Scope of Pluralism in Islamic Moral Traditions by Muhammad Khalid Masud 135

Eight

Islamic Ethics in International Society by Sohail H. Hashmi 148

PART IV: WAR AND PEACE 173

Nine

War and Peace in Islam by Bassam Tibi 175

Ten

Interpreting the Islamic Ethics of War and Peace by Sohail H. Hashmi 194

Glossary 217

Contributors 219

Index 221

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