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Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Trialogue

By: Emon, Anver M.; Levering, Matthew & Novak, David

Language: English


This book critically and constructively explores the resources offered for natural law doctrine by classical thinkers from three traditions: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. The book is a trialogue which offers three programmatic chapters on natural law doctrine in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions and responses to each chapter. Drawing on the classical sources of each religious tradition, the book reflects upon certain philosophical, theological, and legal issues and problems regarding natural law doctrine. Readers will gain a sense for how natural law (or cognate terms) resonated with classical thinkers such as Maimonides, Origen, Augustine, al-Ghazali and numerous others. Indeed, the book explores how natural law doctrine functions in particular traditions, not only for assessing the coherence of natural law for comparative purposes, but also for reflecting upon how a natural law approach offers new insights on how each tradition imagines its religious “other”. As the book reflects on how each tradition can be mined for constructive reflection on natural law today, a key theme throughout the book is how the particularity of the respective religious tradition is squared with the evident universality of natural law claims.

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By:Emon, Anver M.; Levering, Matthew & Novak, David
Pages: 231 pp
Publisher:Oxford University Press, UK 2015
Dimensions:14 x 21 cm
Topic:Comparative Religion - Natural Law

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Anver M. Emon is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism, and the Rule of Law, University of Toronto, where he teaches and researches in the areas of Islamic law and legal theory, statutory interpretation, and Common Law Torts. He is an internationally recognized scholar of Islamic law, having published widely in the field. He is the editor in chief of Middle East Law and Governance, a peer reviewed journal, and a general editor of the Oxford Islamic Legal Studies Series. In addition to his academic work, he regularly consults with government agencies and NGOs on issues of law, governance, and development in legally pluralist countries.

Matthew Levering has recently been appointed to a newly formed chair at Mundelein Seminary. Before coming to Mundelein, he taught at the University of Dayton and Ave Maria University. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books in the fields of Catholic theology and Aquinas studies including Biblical Natural Law.

David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair in Jewish Studies as Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of Toronto, since 1997. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Academy for Jewish Research. He has taught at the University of Virginia, City University of New York, and Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is the author of sixteen books and has served as a consultant to the governments of Canada, the United States, Israel, and Poland.

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