Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

Religious Inquiries

Volume

2

Issue

3

Pages

29-46

Abstract

My paper has two parts. First, I talk about the golden rule. After introducing the rule and its global importance, I explain why many scholars dismiss it as a vague proverb that leads to absurdities when we try to formulate it clearly. I defend the golden rule against such objections. Second, I talk about the golden rule in Persia and Islam; I consider Persian sources (Muslim and non-Muslim) and also non-Persian Muslim sources. I show that the golden rule is deeply rooted in Persia and Islam. And I point out special ways that this tradition‘s understanding of the golden rule can contribute to those outside this tradition.

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Author Posting. © Harry J. Gensler, 2013. This article is posted here by permission of the author for personal use, not for redistribution. The article was published in Religious Inquiries, Volume 2, Issue 3, 2013

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