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The Individual and Society in Islam

Editors
Prof. Abdelwahab Bouhdiba
M. Ma ‘ruf al-Dawalibi

Summary:

The second volume looks at living Islam, the everyday practicalities rather than the eternal principles of the Muslim faith. It is a highly topical volume, with chapters on politics, economics, human rights and the emancipation of women. The role of the individual Muslim in the community is discussed. Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh) is studied in its attempt to achieve the goals of rationality, universality and equality set out in the Koran. Islamic society should be a reflection of these ideals, with individuals trying to satisfy God by going beyond worship and ritual and actually living in an Islamic way. A Muslim does not just have faith, he or she is faith. This volume shows the adaptability of Islam and its ability to take into account local traditions, which has allowed the faith to spread far afield to India, Africa and Europe. It also describes how, more recently, education has begun to take an increasingly important role in guiding Muslims, giving them confidence in their own values, and imbuing them with their faith.

Editions

Arabic
2000, UNESCO

English:

1998, UNESCO

French

1998, UNESCO

  Table of Contents

Introduction
Abdelwahab Bouhdiba

Chapter 1: Norms and values
Muhammad ‘Abd al-Hadi Abu Rida

Chapter 2: A delicate balance : rights, responsibilities, freedom
Tuhami Negra

Chapter 3: Moral thought
Habib Fekih

Chapter 4: Social thought
Habib Fekih

Chapter 5: The family basis of the Islamic city
Ravane M’Baye

Chapter 6: Islamic education
Muhammad Fadil al-Jamali

Chapter 7: The emancipation of women : a continuing priority
Muhammad Ma‘ ruf al-Dawalibi

Chapter 8: Childhood and youth
Chadly Fitouri

Chapter 9: The meaning of Islamic brotherhood
Chadly Fitouri

Chapter 10: Economic thought
Abdelwahab Bouhdiba

Chapter 11: Political thought
Abdelwahab Bouhdiba

Chapter 12: Crime and punishment in Islam
Cherif Bassiouni

Chapter 13: The protection of minorities
Abdelwahab Bouhdiba

Chapter 14: A universal religion and inter-community relations
Emel Dogramaci

Chapter 15: The promotion of human rights
Abd al-‘Aziz Kamil

Chapter 16: Everyday life in the cities of Islam
Muhammad Talbi

Conclusion

The message of Islam
Abdelwahab Bouhdiba

General bibliography

Biographical notes on the authors