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This timely and stimulating Handbook, edited by world-class experts in the field, provides a comprehensive guide to Islamic Studies today. It examines the main issues in the field and explores the key debates. It provides readers with an indispensable, balanced guide to the roots of Islam and the challenges it faces in the twenty-first century.
Chapter 5: Islamic Concepts of Justice
Islamic Concepts of Justice
At a recent lecture on Islam and gender, a small group of Muslim women, all dressed in headscarves and long dresses, listened intently to the speaker. When the lecturer mentioned rights, the Muslim women expressed no reaction; when she referred to power, the Muslim women expressed no reaction; when she spoke of equality, the Muslim women expressed no reaction. However, the moment the lecturer used the word ‘justice’, every one of their heads began to bob up and down enthusiastically.
If ‘rights’ is the language of discourse for people in the United States, and ‘liberty’ or ‘freedom’ or ‘solidarity’ for other nations and times, ‘justice’ is undoubtedly the watchword for Muslims when issues of their place in the political ...