Equality = the status of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities; the same: people should be treated equally. This is unfair and immoral.
Equity = the quality of being fair; just: people should be treated justly. This is fair and moral.
IN SPEAKING OF JUSTICE, many well-intended Muslims are unconsciously secularised. For their discourse about justice (Ar. ‘adl, qist) is so often scarred by failing to grasp its Quranic essence: ‘To put a thing in its rightful place.’1 Which is to say, justice is to give things their proper due – at the due time, the due place, and in due measure. This requires possessing knowledge […]
via The Goal of the Shari‘ah is Justice, Not Equality — Blogging Theology
Kwame Anthony Appiah examines the myth of the ‘West’. The subtitle for his article acts as an abstract: “The values of liberty, tolerance and rational inquiry are not the birthright of a single culture. In fact, the very notion of something called ‘western culture’ is a modern invention.”
“So the very idea of the “west,” to name a heritage and object of study, doesn’t really emerge until the 1890s, during a heated era of imperialism, and gains broader currency only in the 20th century. When, around the time of the first world war, Oswald Spengler wrote the influential book translated as The Decline of the West – a book that introduced many readers to the concept – he scoffed at the notion that there were continuities between western culture and the classical world…
A brilliant debate. A must watch video.
Public Debate: Is Humanity Better Off Without Religion? Dr Robert Stovold vs Abdullah al Andalusi – http://wp.me/p3k8xr-3dq
” ‘The question is no longer as Dostoyevsky put it “can civilized man believe?” Rather: can unbelieving man be civilized?’ Philip Rieff
In order to deepen our understanding of the place of Islam in the contemporary world, it is useful to contrast Islamic and secular ethics. Continue reading