Islamic Identity and the Struggle for Justice

Edited by Nimat Hafez Barazangi, M. Raquibuz Zaman, and Omar

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"A superior [book]. . . . the meaning and implications of justice in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are analyzed and compared. . . . [It] gives particular emphasis to the institutional context of justice and gender equality in the social, economic, and political arenas in Muslim countries."--Baha Abu-Laban, University of Alberta
Islam today counts one billion people as adherents or believers. Its teachings produced a civilization that has flourished for fourteen centuries. Islamic identity exerts a potent force around the globe, though Muslims are often stigmatized by Westerners as a religious threat. Presenting the Islamic concept of justice, this book is an introduction to contemporary Islamic thought and practice, offering a catalyst for dialogue and understanding.
Part I. Justice: The Ideals
1. Islam's Origin and Ideals, by Fazlur Rahman
2. The Islamic Concept of Justice, by Mahmoud Ayoub
3. Comparative Views of Justice
The Concept of Justice in Judaism, by Laurence Edwards
A Christian Understanding of Justice: Reflections for an Interfaith Discussion, by Byron Lee Haines
Justice in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity: A Comparison, by Charles Adams
Connecting the Ideals to Practice, by Nimat Hafez Barazangi, M. Raquibuz Zaman, and Omar Afzal
Part II. Justice: The Reality
4. Economic Justice in Islam, Ideals and Reality: The Cases of Malaysia, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, by M. Raquibuz Zaman
5. The Islamic Call: Social Justice and Political Realism, by Tamara Sonn
6. Vicegerency and Gender Justice in Islam, by Nimat Hafez Barazangi
7. The Nuclear Option and International Justice: Islamic Perspectives, by Ali A. Mazrui
Nimat Hafez Barazangi is Visiting Fellow in the Women's Studies Program at Cornell University. M. Raquibuz Zaman is Charles Dana Professor of Finance and International Business and chair of that department at Ithaca College. Omar Afzal is the Southeast Asia assistant at Cornell University Libraries.

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