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Coercion and Responsibility in Islam: A Study in Ethics and Law

Mairaj U. Syed


Coercion and Responsibility in Islam is an exploration of how classical Muslim theologians and jurists belonging to four different intellectual traditions reasoned about the issues coercion raises about responsibility for action. It looks at four problems: whether the absence of coercion or compulsion is a condition for moral agency, how the law ought to define what is coercive, coercion’s effect on the legal validity of speech acts (such as sales and divorces), and its effects on moral and legal responsibility in the cases of rape and murder. Through a comparative and diachronic examination o ... More

Keywords: Islamic law, Islamic theology, Islamic ethics, ethics, coercion, reason, homicide, rape, divorce, choice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198788775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198788775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mairaj U. Syed, author
Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis