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This first issue explores various aspects of the relationship between ethics and the fundamental Scripture of Islam, the Qurʾan. The issue includes articles written in both Arabic and English, something which reflects the multilingual character of the journal. In order to broaden the pool of readers of the journal, extended abstracts of the articles included in this issue are also available in Arabic, English and French.
Most of the papers included here were presented in a seminar ‘Qurʾān and Ethics’ organized by CILE on 4-6 January 2015 in Doha, Qatar. After assessing the proceedings of the seminar, Dr Mutaz al-Khatib, CILE Assistant Professor of Ethics and Methodology, the convener of the seminar and the guest-editor of this thematic issue, wrote himself a post-seminar article and invited Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl (Los Angeles) to write a contribution for this issue in order to fill certain gaps from the seminar. The other research articles are by Dr. Mariam al-Attar (Sharja), Dr. A. Kevin Reinhart (Dartmouth), Dr. Abdulrahman Helli (Berlin), and Dr. Samir Rashwani (Tübingen). The volume has also a review-article on two ethical studies of Taha Abdalrahmane by Dr. Michael Bevers (Bllomington), and two more book-reviews, by Dr. Amr Osman (Princeton) and Dr. Ghassan el Masri (Berlin). Finally, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, Dr. Mohammed Ghaly, opens the first issue with an introductory article sketching the need and the scope of the study of Islamic ethics.
Over the last decade, the academic discipline of Islamic Studies has been witnessing an “ethical turn”. Which is expected to carve new spaces for ethics in the study of Islam both as a Scripture-based tradition (“Text”) and as a living reality (“Context”). Studies on Islamic ethics that move back and forth between the “Text” and “Context” and those of an interdisciplinary character in general seem to have great academic potential. One can simply think of the plethora of ethical challenges posed by modern sciences and technologies that await rigorous ethical examination and analysis from a rich ethical tradition like Islam.
Against this background, it was timely and crucial to establish an academic podium that can accommodate the prospective research output in Islamic Ethics, expected to be one of the most promising and fastest-growing fields within the discipline of Islamic Studies. At this juncture, CILE proposed the idea of the Journal of Islamic Ethics (JIE) and Brill, with its long-standing experience in Islamic Studies, welcomed the proposal. The main focus of the JIE will be the ethical approaches embedded in Islamic philosophy, theology, mysticism and jurisprudence as well as Islamic civilization in general - and their intersection with applied fields likeArts, Bioethics, Economics, Education, Environment, Gender, Media, Methodology, Migration & Human Rights, Politics and Psychology. The JIE is open to academic researchers working in different disciplines who have a keen interest in making seminal contributions to the fields listed above. The Journal is open for all voices, regardless of their specific positions or backgrounds, as long as the submitted contributions fit within the scope of the journal and successfully undergo the peer-review process. The journal welcomes submissions for both individual articles and thematic issues/sections dedicated to addressing distinct ethical issues.