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Natural LawA Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue$
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Anver M. Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198706601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706601.001.0001

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Response to David Novak’s “Natural Law and Judaism”

Response to David Novak’s “Natural Law and Judaism”

(p.45) Response to David Novak’s “Natural Law and Judaism”
Natural Law

Anver M. Emon

Oxford University Press

This Response provides a response to Chapter 1 which is about Judaism and natural law. The response addresses the common presumption of natural law as associated with the Latin West, and explores the relevance, let alone possibility, of positing a natural law theory within a tradition from traditions that have a different genealogy. In particular, it takes issue with those who would reject a Jewish or Islamic natural law as anachronistic to the respective traditions. Moreover, it reflects on the common presumption of natural law as espousing universal values, while also addressing whether, how and to what extent a community of tradition, with its own conceptual vocabulary, can contribute to a natural law discourse.

Keywords:   Islamic law, natural law, comparative law, universalism, tradition, Islamic studies

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