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IFL 622 - Interfaith Social Justice and Social Action

The three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all have strong messages on social justice and the need for social action to alleviate human suffering. Starting in the Hebrew Bible with the book of Leviticus, there is an ongoing concern for the poor, the elderly, and the vulnerable; the insistence on honesty in business dealings; prohibitions against theft, deceit, and biased judicial proceedings; and all of this culminates with the statement, “love your fellow as yourself.” The interpretations of these injunctions will be studied in all three Abrahamic faiths, including contemporary understandings of social justice and social action in the 21 st century.