Islam, Peace and Social Justice examines the ways in which Islamic cultures have dealt with issues of social justice historically and culturally. With unwavering objectivity, the author helps readers of any faith to gain a nuanced and accurate understanding of the challenges that we face in contemporary multifaith engagements. Dr van Gorder offers a comprehensive and sympathetic Christian insight into Islam. The contentious issues of social justice that are encountered in this broad, yet intricate, study include the concept of Jihad, poverty, political oppression, human rights, genocide, racism, sexual injustice, homophobia, and environmental degradation. The challenges are real and the problems are vast; partnerships and solutions must be found - people of faith, Muslim, Jewish and Christian, must find ways to work together to address these shared challenges. This work exposes misrepresentations and stereotypes about Islamic views of social justice that abound in Europe and North America.
The author encourages a deeper appreciation of how themes of social justice resound through Islamic texts and have been expressed both in the contemporary and historical life of various and diverse Islamic communities worldwide.
A. Christian van Gorder received his doctorate in Muslim-Christian relations from the Queen's University of Belfast, Ireland. He is the author of 8 books and numerous articles in the field of world religions, with a particular emphasis on Muslim and Christian interactions. He has taught and researched Islam and Muslim-non-Muslim interactions for 12 years in the United States, lived for 6 years in Muslim communities in Asia, and conducted extensive research in Muslim communities throughout Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America. He is currently an Associate Professor of Religion at Baylor University.
Acknowledgments and Dedication Foreword: Dr David M. Shenk Introduction 1. Islam's Divine Mandate for Ethical Action against Social Injustice 2. Islamic Jihad and the Path of Peace 3. Islamic Responses to Poverty and Economic Oppression 4. Islamic Responses to Political Oppression 5. Islamic Civil Rights and Individual Human Rights 6. Genocide and Atrocity among Muslims 7. Islamic Social Equality in Response to Racism and Slavery 8. Sexual Injustice, Sexism, and Homophobia among Muslims 9. Islamic Stewardship and Responses to Environmental Degradation 10. Creating Multi-faith Social Justice Partnerships Conclusion Glossary of Terms Endnotes Selected Bibliography Index