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The paper looks at how Majid Fakhry analyzes ethical writings from ten Islamic philosophers in his work, "Ethical Theories in Islam", and outlines the philosophical and intellectual dynamism which was characteristic of Islamic scholars during the Abbasid and late Umayyad periods. The paper points out the relevance of the issues raised in the contemporary world and relates that this text has more often than not been considered a necessary asset for students learning Islamic ethics.
From the Paper:"Majid Fakhry is a Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. He has lectured both in the UK and Lebanon and is the author of Ethical Theories in Islam which focuses on the ethical theories proposed by a few religious authors and Islamic philosophers. The concepts the author evaluates are majorly drawn from pre-modern times and include ideas proposed by al-Dawwani and al-Kindi. In the introduction, the author clearly explains that in order to focus on abstract ethical theory a significant number of influential forms of ethical teaching had to be excluded (Gutas, 1998; p. 347). Fields such as Islamic law, Islamic literature and spiritual teachings related to Sufism were excluded. It must however be noted that some of these broad Islamic traditions are briefly explained when dealing with religious writers. The author begins his discussion of the ethical theories with al-Kindi and this is brilliantly merged with two short sections that summarize the major ethical issues in Islamic tradition that significantly influenced these thinkers' expression. Some of these traditions are the prophetic hadith and scriptures in the Qur'an."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Fakhry, M. 1991. Ethical theories in Islam. USA: BRILL
- Goodman, L. E. 2005. Islamic humanism. USA: Oxford University Press.
- Gutas, D. 1998. Greek thought, Arab culture: The Graeco-Arabic translation movement in Baghdad and early 'Abbasid society (2nd-4th/8th-10th centuries). USA: Routledge.
- Leaman, O. 2010. Oxford bibliographies online research guide. USA: Oxford University Press.
- Light, A and Smith, J. M. 1997. Space, place, and environmental ethics. USA: Rowman & Littlefield
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"Ethical Theories in Islam" (2013, January 10) Retrieved May 20, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/ethical-theories-in-islam-152179/
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