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Heritage of Islamic ethics and contemporary issues: a call for relevantization

Malik, Mohammad Manzoor (2011) Heritage of Islamic ethics and contemporary issues: a call for relevantization. Journal Of Islam In Asia, S.Iss (1). pp. 295-313. ISSN 1823-0970 (In Press)

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This study addresses the subject of Islamic ethics from definitional and disciplinary perspectives. It highlights the need for relevantization of Islamic ethics to contemporary issues in a systematic manner which, in turn, calls for development of Islamic ethics as a complete discipline with ability to meet all types of challenges: conceptual, practical, normative, applicative, etc. Regarding the definitional issue, different from and more expansive than the traditional understanding of al-ākhlāq, the researcher argues that a proper definition of ethics should include ethically relevant habits, character, and behavior in its subject matter. As an academic discipline of paramount, practical significance, Islamic ethics should adequately address metaethical, normative, and applicative aspects of the subject. In terms of metaethics, Islamic ethics is derived from revealed knowledge; whereas, principles of Islamic jurisprudence (uṣūl al-fīqh) offers the best available methodology for the discipline in meeting demands of normativity and application. Regarding the nature of the subject of Islamic ethics, the researcher argues that understanding Islamic ethics as virtue ethics is unjustifiable reduction because a careful study of the subject from its sources would prove that Islamic ethics is rather an integrated field comprising of virtues ethics, divine command theory, duty-based ethics, etc. Therefore, Islamic ethics should be developed, taught, and learned as a whole composite of above-mentioned elements.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6595/14974
Uncontrolled Keywords: Virtue ethics, personality ethics, Islamic ethics, uṣūl al-fīqh
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1188 Religious ethics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of General Studies
Depositing User: Dr. Mohamamd Manzoor Malik
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2012 09:41
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2014 11:14
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/14974

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