This course introduces the central concerns, sources, and debates of Islamic ethics. We explore the relationship between Islamic ethics and other Islamic religious sciences-including usul ul-Qur'an (Qur'anic sciences), fiqh (law), and ibadat (ritual), and survey key classical perspectives and scholars (available in translation). The course then examines contemporary perspectives on a variety of topics, including gender and sexuality, interreligious relations, economics, environmentalism, medical ethics, and violence and pacifism. Throughout all, emphasis is placed on developing proficiency in the terminology and tools of Islamic ethical thought; on understanding the interconnections between various conceptions of the Divine, the human person, and society; and on understanding the ways in which diversity and context shape ethical perspectives.
Note: Recommended for MDiv students with a concentration in Islam and Interreligious Engagement.
- Professor: Jerusha Rhodes