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The Qur'an and the Just Society

Ramon Harvey
Foreword by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem


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Explores the ethical structure of the ‘just society’ within the Qur’an

What is justice? How can it be realised within society? These are universal concerns and are central to the primary scripture of Islam, the Qur’an. Utilising a pioneering theological and hermeneutic framework adapted from both classical Muslim literature and contemporary academic studies of the Qur’an, Ramon Harvey explores the underlying principles of its system of social justice. Dividing his book into four parts, he covers Qur’anic Ethics, Political Justice (politics, peace, war), Distributive Justice (fair trade, alms, marriage, inheritance) and Corrective Justice (public and private crimes). His reading of the Qur’an reconstructs the text as normatively engaging these spheres of justice in their socio-historical context and lays the foundations for future contemporary articulations of Qur’anic ethics.

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I – Qur’anic Ethics

Chapter 1 – Moral Narrative

Chapter 2 – Theology and Ethics

Chapter 3 – Hermeneutics

Chapter 4 – Historical Context

II – Political Justice

Chapter 5 – Politics

Chapter 6 – Peace

Chapter 7 – War

III – Distributive Justice

Chapter 8 – Fair Trade

Chapter 9 – Alms

Chapter 10 – Marriage

Chapter 11 – Inheritance

IV. Corrective Justice

Chapter 12 – Public Crimes

Chapter 13 – Private Crimes


Glossary of Arabic Terminology



Index of Qur’anic Verses

General Index

About the Author

Ramon Harvey is Aziz Foundation Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Ebrahim College. He is the author of The Qur’an and the Just Society (EUP, 2017) and has published articles in Journal of Qur’anic Studies, Islamochristiana and International Journal for the Semiotics of Law.


This is a very significant study of the Qur’an… Insightful and timely, it leads the reader on an exploratory journey through the various manifestations of the objective of divine scripture, "so that people may uphold justice".

- M. Abdel Haleem, School of Oriental and African Studies

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