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Symposium 2015

Virtual Library File - Islamic Perspectives on Developing Shared Norms and Values to Enable Constructive Global Coexistence

The Challenge

To manage systemic global risks, we must manage transnational challenges more effectively. The tension between the short-term popular pressures on national leaders, and the trade-offs needed to balanc ...

To manage systemic global risks, we must manage transnational challenges more effectively. The tension between the short-term popular pressures on national leaders, and the trade-offs needed to balance costs and benefits in international transactions and those with intergenerational significance, complicates collective action. Current events, from the recent global (and European) financial crises, through geopolitical challenges and the transformative effects of new technologies, to the risk of inflection points if we transgress planetary boundaries, make it clear that present arrangements are unsatisfactory.

The author discusses the importance of religious values in the Islamic World and presents value-related interpretations of the Qur’an and Islamic thought that contribute to norms that are globally shared. The author also reflects on the religious thought that underpins the policy-making of many national regimes in the Islamic World that is at odds with liberal Western values.