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Forgiveness in Islamic Ethics and Jurisprudence

Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern Islamic Law, Vol. 4:1, pp. 17-34 (2011)

18 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2013  

Russell Powell

Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This paper explores the role of forgiveness within Islamic ethics and jurisprudence. Islamic thought contains deep commitments to forgiveness in its textual traditions (the Qur’an and Sunnah), in medieval ethics, in traditional jurisprudence (particularly in criminal law), and in contemporary ethics, particularly in the writings of Khaled Abou El Fadl, Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, and Fethullah Gülen.

Keywords: Religion, Law, Forgiveness, Islam, Jurisprudence, Gülen, Ethics, Criminal

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K14, K33, K39, N40, N45

Suggested Citation

Powell, Russell, Forgiveness in Islamic Ethics and Jurisprudence (2011). Berkeley Journal of Middle Eastern Islamic Law, Vol. 4:1, pp. 17-34 (2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2238076

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