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Islamic Socialism

Mustaf Sib

in Islam in Transition: Muslim Perspectives

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195174304
Published online November 2007 |
Islamic Socialism

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He was head of the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brothers and editor of their publications, al-ManAr (Damascus) and al-MuslimIn. He studied at al-Azhar University and later taught at Damascus University where he became Dean of the Sharia College. In 1949 he was elected to the Syrian parliament.

These passages were originally part of a speech delivered on October 29, 1961, and may be compared to the article Socialism and Islam by Shaykh Mahmud Shaltut. Al-Sibai here maintains that property ownership may be restricted in Islam if doing so advances the interests of the community, when the state is unable to protect its citizens from exploitation or in the event of extreme danger to the community from external threats or natural disasters. Al-Sibai contrasts Islamic socialism, which he believes is based on cooperation and humanism, with socialism rooted in class struggle.

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Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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