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Radical ReformIslamic Ethics and Liberation$
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Tariq Ramadan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331714

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331714.001.0001

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Elaborating an Applied Islamic Ethics

Elaborating an Applied Islamic Ethics

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This chapter shows how the new geography of the sources of law, and its consequences for spheres of authority, can take concrete shape in Muslim societies and communities, and particularly in the circles specializing in fiqh and ethics. This reform is deeply “radical” since it entails reconsidering the sources of the fundamentals of law and jurisprudence, rebalancing them, and necessarily shifting the center of gravity of authority in Islam. However, it springs from a no less fundamental desire to be faithful, and it would be wrong and contradictory to consider it as nothing but a way of projecting an a posteriori ethical apparatus on the scientific Universe with the declared or tacit intention of taking hold of it. The chapter also responds to criticisms for the book's author7s so-called desire to “Islamize modernity” rather than “modernizing Islam”.

Keywords:   Islamic ethics, Islamic law, Islamic thought, jurisprudence, fiqh

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