Coercion and Responsibility in Islam: A Study in Ethics and Law by Mairaj U. Syed

Coercion and Responsibility in Islam: A Study in Ethics and Law

byMairaj U. Syed

Hardcover | December 17, 2016

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In Coercion and Responsibility in Islam, Mairaj Syed explores how classical Muslim theologians and jurists from four intellectual traditions argue about the thorny issues that coercion raises about responsibility for one's action. This is done by assessing four ethical problems: whether theabsence of coercion or compulsion is a condition for moral agency; how the law ought to define what is coercive; coercion's effect on the legal validity of speech acts; and its effects on moral and legal responsibility in the cases of rape and murder.Through a comparative and historical examination of these ethical problems, the book demonstrates the usefulness of a new model for analyzing ethical thought produced by intellectuals working within traditions in a competitive pluralistic environment. The book compares classical Muslim thought oncoercion with that of modern Western thinkers on these issues and finds significant parallels between them. The finding suggests that a fruitful starting point for comparative ethical inquiry, especially inquiry aimed at the discovery of common ground for ethical action, may be found in anexamination of how ethicists from different traditions considered concrete problems.

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Mairaj U. Syed is an Assistant Professor in the department of religious studies at the University of California, Davis. His research explores the history of Islamic legal and ethical thought, particularly areas dealing with public law, family law, and politics. He is also interested in the development of hadith literature and the socia...

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Title:Coercion and Responsibility in Islam: A Study in Ethics and LawFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:December 17, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198788770

ISBN - 13:9780198788775

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Compulsion and Moral Agency in Mu'tazilism2. Coercion and Moral Agency in Ash'arism3. Defining Coercion in Hanafism4. Defining Coercion in Shafi'ism5. Coerced Speech Act Jurisprudence in Hanafism and Shafi'ism6. Coerced Harm Jurisprudence in Hanafism and Shafi'ismConclusion