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From the Divine to the Human

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Muhammad U. Faruque, Mohammed Rustom (editors)
Hardback, 244 pages


Contemporary Islamic Thinkers on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic


Featuring the work of leading contemporary Muslim philosophers and theologians, this book grapples with various forms of evil and suffering in the world today, from COVID-19 and issues in climate change to problems in palliative care and human vulnerability.


Rather than walking down well-trodden paths in philosophy of religion which often address questions of evil and suffering by focusing on divine attributes and the God-world relationship, this volume offers another path of inquiry by focusing on human vulnerability, potential, and resilience. Addressing both the theoretical and practical dimensions of the question of evil, topics range from the transformative power of love, virtue ethics in Sufism and the necessity of suffering, to the spiritual significance of the body and Islamic perspectives on embodiment. In doing so, the contributors propose new perspectives based on various pre-modern and contemporary materials that can enrich the emerging field of the global philosophy of religion, thereby radically transforming contemporary debates on the nature of evil and suffering.


1. Remarks on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic | Seyyed Hossein Nasr
2. The Existential Threat of Climate Change: A Practical Application of Avicenna’s Theory of Evil | Rosabel Ansari
3. On Self-Knowledge, Divine Trial, and Discipleship | Mukhtar H. Ali
4. Necessitated Evil: An Islamic Neoplatonic Theodicy from the Ismaili Tradition | Khalil Andani
5. Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s Metaphysical Theodicy | Justin Cancelliere
6. Hume on Trial: Can Evil and Suffering be Justified? | Muhammad U. Faruque
7. Cultivating Prayerful Presence at the Bedside: From Mastery Towards Mystery | Hina Khalid
8. The Gifts of Suffering and the Virtues of the Heart | Atif Khalil
9. Cain, Systemic Evil, and Our Inhumanity | Martin Nguyen
10. Practical Muslim Theodicy: A Ghazalian Perspective on Emotional Pain | Joel Richmond
11. The Student and the Sage | Mohammed Rustom
12. Trials as Transformation in Islamic Chaplaincy | Ailya Vajid
13. Transformative Love Amid Suffering in Hilmi Ziya Ülken | Taraneh Wilkinson
14. Suffering as Metaphysical Narrative: Exploring an Islamic Theodicy of Authorship | Cyrus Ali Zargar