• How is one to judge right from wrong— and what does this mean in the practical life of the individual and the community to which she/he belongs? Much of the Qur’aninfo-icon and the rich traditions linked to it are about these questions. Schools of law, philosophy and theology in classical Islam grappled mightily with them. In our time, the challenges of modernity have plenty to do with the answers we offer.

    This second volume in the Muslim Heritage Series is about the roots of Islam’s ethical framework – and how its teachings have branched out in the cultural, political, intellectual and religious lives of Muslims, past and present. If faith-inspired ethics are to govern all of one’s life, guiding values must constantly be interpreted to reach a practical result. Does this make ethics into laws that bind in the name of a community of virtue? Where would that leave one’s choice on how to live the good life?

    Muslims – like people in a variety of faith traditions – wrestle daily with these issues. After all, the Qur’an itself expects nothing less, in calling on ‘those possessed of minds’ to strive for belief with a social conscience.

    A Companion to Muslim Ethics journeys into Islam’s conception of the good, shared with other great traditions — and the ways in which its teachings find expression. Leading experts look at gender equality, ecology, nonviolence, dispute resolution, health and finance as much as the traditions of art, narrative and intellectual debate. This book will appeal to all those interested in how reason, faith and circumstances shape moral choices in an increasingly globalised world.

    Charles Butterworth
    Abdallah Daar
    Ramin Jahanbegloo
    Zayn Kassam
    Mohamed Keshavjee
    Seyyed Hossein Nasr
    Eric Ormsby
    Amyn B. Sajoo
    Reza Shah-Kazemi
    Fahmida Suleman
    Ronald Wilson

  • About the Contributors xi
    List of Illustrations xvii
    Acknowledgements xix
    Note on Dates xx
    1. Introduction: Roots and Branches  
      Amyn B. Sajoo 1
    2. Early Thought  
      Charles Butterworth 31
    3. Literature  
      Eric Ormsby 53
    4. Ecology  
      Seyyed Hossein Nasr 79
    5. Art  
      Fahmida Suleman 91
    6. Gender  
      Zayn Kassam 105
    7. Health Care  
      Abdallah S. Daar and Ahmed Al-Khitamy 119
    8. Economy  
      Rodney J. Wilson 131
    9. Dispute Resolution  
      Mohamed Keshavjee 151
    10. Tolerance  
      Reza Shah-Kazemi 167  
    11. Nonviolence  
      Ramin Jahanbegloo 187
    Index 201


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  • Dr Amyn Sajoo

    Amyn B. Sajoo is a Scholar-in-Residence at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies in Vancouver, Canada. A specialist in international human rights, civil society and public ethics, Dr Sajoo was educated at King's College London and McGill University, Montreal. He has taught at the University of British Columbia, McGill, Simon Fraser University and The Institute of Ismaili Studies, and was a 2005 Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. Dr Sajoo earlier served as a human rights advisor with the Canadian department of Justice in Ottawa. He also served as a Canada-ASEAN...Read more