Islamic Ethics of Life: Abortion, War, and Euthanasia

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2003 - Religion - 248 pages
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Islamic Ethics of Life considers three of the most contentious ethical issues of our time-abortion, war, and euthanasia-from the Muslim perspective. Distinguished scholars of Islamic studies have collaborated to produce a volume that both integrates Muslim thinking into the field of applied ethics and introduces readers to an aspect of the religion long overlooked in the West. This collective effort sets forth the relationship between Islamic ethics and law, clearly revealing the complexity and richness of the Islamic tradition as well as its responsiveness to these controversial modern issues. The contributors analyze classical sources and survey the modern ethical landscape to identify guiding principles within Islamic ethical thought. Clarifying the importance of pragmatism in Islamic decision making, the contributors also offer case studies related to specialized topics, including "wrongful birth" claims, terrorist attacks, and brain death. The case studies elicit possible variations on common Muslim perspectives. The contributors situate Muslim ethics relative to Christian and secular accounts of the value of human life, exposing surprising similarities and differences.
 

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This book takes a detailed look at Islamic teachings regarding the life-and-death ethical issues of abortion, war, and euthanasia. Brockopp (religion, Bard Coll.) assembled the work not to provide ... Read full review

Contents

The Islamic Context
1
Two The Problem of Abortion in Classical Sunni fiqh
25
Abortion of
81
WAR
103
Three Modern
129
Seven Discourses on Jihad in the Postmodern Era 15 5
155
Eight The Good Death in Islamic Theology and Law
177
of Life?
194
Afterword The Past in the Future of Islamic Ethics
214
Glossary
221
Contributors
239
Index of Quran Citations
249
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