What happens when authorities you venerate condone something you
know is wrong? Are you right or are they, and what does this mean
about what you've been venerating? No issue brings this question
into starker contrast than slavery. Every major religion and
philosophy condoned or approved of it, but in modern times there is
nothing seen as more evil. Americans confront this crisis of
authority when they erect statues of Founding Fathers who slept
with their slaves. And Muslims faced it when ISIS revived
sex-slavery, justifying it with verses from the Quran and the
practice of Muhammad. This book explores the moral and ultimately
theological problem of slavery, tracing how the Christian, Jewish
and Islamic traditions have tried to reconcile modern moral
certainties with the infallibility of God's message, in particular
on the issue of sex-slavery. It investigates the challenge of
defining what slavery is in the first place, showing that this
remains more than ever a highly politicized question. This book
lays out how Islam viewed slavery in theory, and also how slavery
was practiced across the reality of Islamic civilization. Finally,
it explains how Muslims have argued for the abolition of slavery in
Islam, asking whether their arguments are sincere and convincing.
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