Commanding right and forbidding wrong in Islamic thought

What kind of duty do we have to try to stop other people doing wrong? The question is intelligible in just about any culture, but few of them seek to answer it in a rigourous fashion. The most striking exception is found in the Islamic tradition, where 'commanding right' and 'forbiddi...

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Subtitles:Commanding Right & Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought
Main Author: Cook, Michael (Author)
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2000.
Further subjects:B Religious life Islam
B Islamic ethics
B Religious life Shīʻah
B Islam Doctrines
Parallel Edition:Erscheint auch als: 9780521661744
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Summary:What kind of duty do we have to try to stop other people doing wrong? The question is intelligible in just about any culture, but few of them seek to answer it in a rigourous fashion. The most striking exception is found in the Islamic tradition, where 'commanding right' and 'forbidding wrong' is a central moral tenet already mentioned in the Koran. As an historian of Islam whose research has ranged widely over space and time, Michael Cook is well placed to interpret this complex subject. His book represents the first sustained attempt to map the history of Islamic reflection on this obligation. It covers the origins of Muslim thinking about 'forbidding wrong', the relevant doctrinal developments over the centuries, and its significance in Sunni and Shi'ite thought today. In this way the book contributes to the understanding of Islamic thought, its relevance to contemporary Islamic politics and ideology, and raises fundamental questions for the comparative study of ethics.
pt. 1. Introductory -- pt. 2. The Hanbalites -- pt. 3. The Mu'tazilites and Shi'ites -- pt. 4. Other sects and schools -- pt. 5. Beyond classical Islam
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ISBN:0511497458
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511497452