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Islam and War: A Study in Comparative Ethics

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This book explores questions regarding the justice of war and addresses the lack of comparative perspectives on the ethics of war, particularly with respect to Islam. John Kelsay begins with the war in the Persian Gulf, focusing on the role of Islamic symbols in the rhetoric of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. He provides an overview of the Islamic tradition in regards to ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by Westminster John Knox Press
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John Kelsay’s 1993 attempt at a "comparative ethics of just war” between the “West” (often confounded with Christianity) and Islam ends where it begins, as a sort of soft Orientalism, a 90s version of Islamophobia lite. A phobia which in 2016’s USA—characterized by brutal attacks on “Muslim-looking” individuals, the burning of mosques, the removal of airplane passengers overheard speaking Arabic, and the election of Donald Trump—one might feel a certain nostalgia for. On the other hand, this ...more
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-John Kelsay (Ph.D. '85, University of Virginia, Ethics) focuses on religious ethics, particularly in relation to the Islamic and Christian traditions. His current work deals with religion and politics. Professor Kelsay serves as editor of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, as well as Director of Florida State University’s Center for Humanities and Society.

-Departmental Area: Religion, Ethic
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