Justice as Shar’ia’s Central Purpose

Muslims and Christians Debate Justice and Love - David L. Johnston

David L. Johnston [+-]
Fuller Theological Seminary and University of Pennsylvania
David L. Johnston is an affiliate assistant professor of Islamic Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Visiting Scholar at the Near Eastern Languages and Civilization Department of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Earth, Empire and Sacred Text: Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation (Equinox, 2010) and translator of Rachid Ghannouchi’s al-Hurriyat al-‘amma fi-l-dawla al-islamiyya (The Public Freedoms in the Islamic State) in the series World Thought in Translation (Yale University Press, forthcoming).


This third chapter, “Justice as Shari’a’s Central Purpose,” begins with a case study of the blasphemy laws in Pakistan and mostly highlights the recent emphasis in Islamic legal theory on the objectives of Shari’a. It then presents the work of three influential reformist scholars: Jamal al-Banna, Mohammed Hashim Kamali, and Tariq Ramadan.

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Johnston, David. Justice as Shar’ia’s Central Purpose. Muslims and Christians Debate Justice and Love. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2020. ISBN 9781781799352. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39158. Date accessed: 17 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39158. Mar 2020

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