Abdulaziz Sachedina

in The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9780195139914
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848935 | DOI:

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This final chapter amplifies the Koranic statement appearing as an opening verse “You are the best community ever brought forth to human beings” as constituting God's purpose of creating an ethical order responsible for “commanding the good and forbidding the evil”. The statement does not connect the status of being the best with a self-righteous presumption of the need to convert others; rather, it ascribes the status of the best to a community charged with the responsibility of instituting good and preventing evil. Islam in the 21st century can become a model of religion that furthers interpersonal justice in society. It is built on a legal-ethical system that inculcates moral responsibility and personal accountability.

Keywords: Koranic statement; God's purpose; ethical order; interpersonal justice; legal-ethical system

Chapter.  3377 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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