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Justice and Love: A Muslim-Christian Conversation

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In it, I follow Yale philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff in defining "primary justice" (before you get to procedural, distributive or procedural justice) as giving each person his or her due, according to the inherent dignity with which each person is born. Justice, then, is not grounded primarily in "right order" via some social contract, but rests on the inalienable rights that each person bears by virtue of God's loving care.

In this longer work you encounter several Muslim and Christian scholars, activists and theologians, but we do so mostly in the context of the famous 2007 Common Word Letter penned by Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan and signed by 137 other Muslim scholars and leaders. Addressed to the pope and all Christian leaders, this document proclaimed that what unites the two faiths is at the heart of both traditions -- love of God and love of neighbor. This initiative, which has spawned numerous conferences, articles and books since then, also leads me to argue that true justice cannot be divorced from love. In fact, justice is just one of the crucial virtues that come under the wider umbrella of love.

My hope and prayer is that this book will widen an ongoing conversation between Christians and Muslims today and result in more effective collaboration for the common good of our human family in these particularly troubling days.

Additional Info

  • Main Title: Evolving Muslim Theologies of Justice
  • Sub Title: Jamal Al-Banna, Mohammad Hashim Kamali and Khaled Abou El Fadl
  • Published Date: Thursday, 21 October 2010
  • Publisher: Universiti Sains Malaysia
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-983-861-413-9
  • Publisher Purchase: http://www.vss.com.my/usm_penerbit/product.php?id_product=54
  • Other Sale 1: http://www.marymartin.com/web/selectedIndex;jsessionid=171457E23A41A6DB74ABB5DEB22B3C4F?mEntry=118481

Books

  • Justice and Love: A Muslim-Christian Conversation
    Justice and Love: A Muslim-Christian Conversation

    This was the page devoted to my small monograph published in Malaysia, Evolving Muslim Theologies of Justice: Jamal al-Banna, Mohammad Hashim Kamali and Khaled Abou El Fadl. It is now a 180-page (double-spaced) manuscript that will hopefully be published in 2016. The current title is as you see above.

     

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  • Earth, Empire and Sacred Text
    Earth, Empire and Sacred Text

    This book seeks to construct a Muslim-Christian theological discourse on creation and humanity, which could help adherents of both faiths work together to preserve our planet, bring justice to its most needy inhabitants and contribute to peacebuilding in areas of conflict. For more information or to purchase (now also in paperback!)

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