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Humanism and Islam

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam What is This? Covers the religious, political, and social spheres of global Islam in the modern world

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    Humanism and Islam

    Muslim scholars reject the basic philosophical premise that humans—rather than God—are the measure of all things and that all intrinsic moral values are derived from human desires and needs. Islam, like other Semitic religions, teaches that God is the ultimate source of all moral values. Some modern Muslim scholars argue that the core values emphasized by humanism, such as the dignity of each human being, individual liberty, freedom of choice consistent with the collective good, participatory democracy, human rights, social justice, and rational inquiry, are all compatible with the Islamic worldview. These scholars reject secular humanism's philosophical foundations but share humanism's quest for a more humane, just, and compassionate society.

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