- Read the articles indicated below with a ** before the start of class. Short written summary of readings or copies of personal notes (note can be informal, bullet points and should be no more than 300 words per article) to be submitted to professor at beginning of first day of class. I don’t expect you to understand all the content of the articles – we will discuss them in class. However, it is important to have this reading done ahead of time so we can begin on time. (20 points)
- Fully participate in all classes unless permission for absence is granted by instructor. (20 points)
- Prepare a 20-30 minute oral presentation for Thursday or Friday (time will be assigned by instructor). Topics must be selected from list below and approved by the professor before or by the first day of class. Written notes must be submitted to instructor on day of presentation. (20 points)
- Submit final paper or project by August 15, 2008 (40 points)
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 4pm; lunch break: 12:15 – 1:15.
Friday: 9am – 4pm; lunch and prayer break: 12pm – 2pm.
**A Kevin Reinhart, “The Origin of Islamic Ethics,” The Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics, ed. William Schweicker (London: Blackwell, 2005): 244-253
**A Kevin Reinhart, “Islamic Law as Islamic Ethics,” Journal of Religious Ethics, v. 11/2 (Fall 1983): 186-203.
**Richard M. Frank, “Moral Obligation in Classical Muslim Theology,” Journal of Religious Ethics v. 11/2 (Fall 1983): 204 – 223.
**Charles E. Butterworth, “Ethics in Medieval Philosophy,” Journal of Religious Ethics v. 11/2 (Fall 1983): 224 – 249.
**Peter J. Awn, “The Ethical Concerns of Classical Sufism” Journal of Religious Ethics v. 11/2 (Fall 1983): 240-263.
Tools for Ethical Reasoning
**Umar Abd-Allah, “Living Islam with Purpose,” Nawawi Foundation Paper, http://nawawi.org/downloads/article6.pdf
Mohammad Hashim Kamali, “al-Maqasid al-Shari`ah: the objectives of Islamic law,” http://www.aml.org.uk/journal/3.1/Kamali%20-%20Maqasid.pdf
Anver M. Emon, “Natural Law and Natural Rights in Islamic Law,” Journal of Law and Religion, v. 20, no. 2 (2004-2005): 351-395. http://www.hamline.edu/law/jlr/pdfs/EmonFinal2.pdf
Sherman A. Jackson, “Muslims, Islam and Public Policy in the United States,” published on the web-site of the International Strategy and Policy Institute: http://www.ispi-usa.org/policy/policy4.html.
Mohammad Fadel, "Public Reason as a Strategy for Principled Reconciliation: The Case of Islamic Law and International Human Rights" . U Toronto, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 981777 Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=981777 (forthcoming, Chicago Journal of International Law)
Mohammad Fadel, "The True, the Good and the Reasonable: The Theological and Ethical Roots of Public Reason in Islamic Law" (March 2007). U Toronto, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 977206 Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=977206 (forthcoming, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence)
Why “Contemporary” Islamic Ethics?
Umar Abd-Allah, “Islam and the Cultural Imperative,” A Nawawi Foundatin Paper, http://nawawi.org/downloads/article3.pdf
Umar Abd-Allah, “Innovation and Creativity in Islam,” A Nawawi Foundation Paper, http://nawawi.org/downloads/article4.pdf
Presentation Topics (other topics can be suggested):
2. Marriage and the state (gay marriage, polygamy)
3. Animal rights
5. Stem cell research
6. Weapons of Mass Destruction
7. Just/Unjust War
8. Civil disobedience
9. Torture/Prisoners of War
10. Freedom of religion/expression
11. Consumer ethics
12. Business ethics
13. Ethics of correctional system: rehabilitation/punishment, services
14. Death penalty
15. Sex offenders: punishment and treatment
16. Water access/distribution
18. Affirmative action
21. Religion and the state
23. Minority rights
24. Education: private, public or parochial?