In this talk, I will introduce my forthcoming book Virtues of Greatness in the Arabic Tradition (OUP, 2019) and use it as a springboard for a broader conversation about fruitful new directions in Islamic ethics.
This presentation discusses anthropological scholarship on Islamic ethics and Islamic law. The presentation is divided into three sections. The first section addresses the current state of anthropological scholarship on Islamic ethics and law.
The Polished Mirror locates Islamic virtue ethics outside of the genre of writing to which it has usually been assigned, namely philosophical treatises on the “character traits.” Instead, it considers Islamic virtue ethics as a pursuit of the perfection of character with a much broader r
As an ethical discourse, fiqh has two distinctive features, compared to adab, akhlāq, and ethical discussions found in uṣūl al-fiqh and kalām. First, it is a large genre, with a long history and produced in diverse locations.
In his landmark work, the Comparative Sociology of World Religions, the German sociologist Max Weber identified ethical dispositions in Protestantism that he argued were conducive to the emergence of what he termed the “spirit of capitalism.” Weber argued that the spirit of capitalism—the notion
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