The ethics of honor in the Bedouin culture and Islam

Author/s Massimo Campanini
Publishing Year 2016 Issue 2016/56
Language Italian Pages 12 P. 19-31 File size 101 KB
DOI 10.3280/LAS2016-056002
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After a short linguistic discussion of the main Arabic roots pertaining the concept of honor, the article shows how, while in the pre-Islamic Bedouin culture honor was linked to lineage, courage and pride, Islamic revelation connected it with ethics and religious virtue. Honor, intended as piety and wise behavior, is part of the original nature of man, on which God put His imprinting. The article analyses five Arab-Muslim thinkers, three ‘medieval’ (al-Ghazali, Ibn Bajja and Ibn Khaldun) and two modern (Lahbabi and Abou el-Fadl), emphasizing the concepts of balance, justice and person as constitutive of ‘Islamic’ honor.

Massimo Campanini, L’etica dell’onore nella cultura beduina e nell’Islam in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 56/2016, pp 19-31, DOI: 10.3280/LAS2016-056002