Right Livelihood & The Common Good (Kasb Tayyib wa-Maslaha ‘Ammah ): Three Classics From The Islamic Tradition - Hardcover
Author: Adi Setia & Nicholas Mahdi Lock (Translator)
This special volume – entitled Right Livelihood and The Common Good: Three Classics from the Islamic Tradition – comprises previously published English translations of three classical Islamic texts on the topic, namely: (1) Imam al-Shaybani’s Kitab al-Kasb (Book of Earning a Livelihood), (2) Imam al-Ghazali’s Kitab Adab al-Kasb wal-Ma’ash (Book of the Proprieties of Earning and Living), and (3) Imam al-Lubudi’s Kitab Fadl al-Iktisab (The Virtue of Working for a Living).
These texts by al-Shaybani (132-189/729-804), al-Ghazali (450-505/1058-1111) and al-Lubudi (circa 900/1500) span almost one thousand years of classical Islamic thought on the interrelated themes of, inter alia, (i) wholesome livelihood in the context of communal solidarity; (ii) the application of the juristic rulings of fard al-‘ayn and fard al-kifayah in the domain of earning and economic exchange; (iii) the seamless integration of adab and fiqh in contractual and non-contractual transactions; and (iv) on how business people can and should go about “disciplining themselves with the discipline of the Revealed Law” (yata’addab bi adab al-shari’ah) in all aspects of their commercial dealings with both poor and rich alike.
This special edition collecting all three classical texts in one volume can be read as a renewed appeal for a return to, and a creative revival in the current context of, the traditional, classical approach to the understanding of economics in Islam, which takes care to seamlessly embed the short-term goal of temporal worldly prosperity into the larger, long-term goal of eternal felicity in the Afterlife.