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Islamic Ethics of Life considers three of the most
contentious ethical issues of our time―abortion, war, and
euthanasia―from the Muslim perspective. Distinguished scholars of
Islamic studies have collaborated to produce a volume that both
integrates Muslim thinking into the field of applied ethics and
introduces readers to an aspect of the religion long overlooked in the
West. This collective effort sets forth the relationship between Islamic
ethics and law, clearly revealing the complexity and richness of the
Islamic tradition as well as its responsiveness to these controversial
modern issues. The contributors analyze classical sources and survey the
modern ethical landscape to identify guiding principles within Islamic
ethical thought. Clarifying the importance of pragmatism in Islamic
decision making, the contributors also offer case studies related to
specialized topics, including "wrongful birth" claims, terrorist
attacks, and brain death. The case studies elicit possible variations on
common Muslim perspectives. The contributors situate Muslim ethics
relative to Christian and secular accounts of the value of human life,
exposing surprising similarities and differences.
In an
introductory overview of the volume, Jonathan E. Brockopp underscores
the steady focus on God as the one who determines the value of human
life, and hence as the final arbiter of Islamic ethics. A foreword by
Gene Outka places the volume in the context of general ethical studies,
and an afterword by A. Kevin Reinhart suggests some significant
ramifications for comparative religious ethics.

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