Introduction to Islamic Ethics

Course summary

Introduction to Islamic Ethics


This weekend course will explore the traditional basis of Islamic ethics and how we might apply some of the key elements of this understanding when considering how to approach ethical issues relevant today. Lecture content will cover the theoretical framework (basic terminology, essential concepts and an introduction to theological philosophy and its relationship with ethics from an Islamic perspective) and through case studies will look at how this is applied in practice. Critical discussion and engagement from course participants will be encouraged. The course content does not assume any prior knowledge, although keen students might be interested to read some of the publications of Tariq Ramadan or browse (Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics).

Programme details



2.45pm Course Registration

3.00pm Defining Ethics and Islamic Ethics, Notions and Fields

4.30pm Tea / coffee

5.00pm Islamic Ethics and Legislation: Towards an Integrative Approach

6.30pm Informal, pre-dinner drinks

7.00pm Dinner

8.15pm- Contemporary Ethical Challenges



8.15am Breakfast (residents only)

9.30am Applied Islamic Ethics: Case Studies

10.45am Coffee / tea

11.15am Q & A

Questions directed by MARIANNE TALBOT

12.30pm Informal, pre-lunch drinks

1.00pm Lunch

2.00pm Course disperses



Recommended reading


Fakhry Majid (1994) Ethical Theories in Islam. Brill, Leiden.

Ramadan Tariq (2009) Radical Reform: Islamic Ethics and Liberation. Oxford University Press.

Kindly browse the following website for Tariq Ramadan’s publications:

Kindly browse the website for the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics:


Accommodation for this weekend is at Rewley House for Saturday night only.

Depending on availability it may also be possible to extend your stay, please enquire at the time of booking for availability and prices.

All bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.

Unfortunately it is not yet possible to book twin room accommodation online, so if you wish to book a twin room, please send in your completed enrolment form or contact the Day & Weekend Events Office, Email:; Telephone: + 44 (0) 1865 270380 / 270368.


includes coffee/tea: £76.50
Single B&B Saturday: £72.60
Single Room only Saturday: £62.00
Twin B&B Saturday (per person): £52.10


If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Ms Marianne Talbot

Director of Studies

Marianne Talbot B.A., B.Phil., has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education since 2001. She has written several of Oxford’s popular short online courses on Philosophy, and her podcasts (notably on critical reasoning) have been downloaded over 5 million times. Marianne specialises in logic, ethics and the philosophy of mind. The topic of knowledge is her particular current interest.  


Sharif Hasan al-Banna


Sharif Hasan al-Banna is Director of the Islamic Institute for Development & Research (IIDR), a pioneering knowledge provider and research organization. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) based at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar; Board Member of the British Academy of Quranic Studies (BAQS) and Chair of the European Foundation for Muslim Philanthropy (EFMP). Sharif is also a successful entrepreneur and the CEO of a global award winning publishing and media company specializing in value-driven and faith-inspired content. He is one of the youngest recipients of a royal award (MBE) from Queen Elizabeth II for his contribution to faith and society. Sharif read Law at the University of London and Arabic Language & Literature at the University of Alexandria in Egypt and has received classical training in Islamic scholarship under the tutelage of some of the world's leading Muslim scholars and jurists. He is currently a doctoral candidate researching jurisprudence and legal theory at Al-Azhar University (Egypt). Sharif has authored and translated several works on Islamic law, spirituality and contemporary Islamic thought. His forthcoming publications include: Sacred Law in Secular Spaces and Entrepreneurship: An Islamic Imperative.

Professor Tariq Ramadan


Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. He is Senior Research Fellow at St Antony’s College (Oxford) and Doshisha University (Kyoto, Japan); Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, (Qatar); Director of the Research Centre of Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) (Doha, Qatar), President of the think tank European Muslim Network (EMN) in Brussels and a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars. Tariq holds an MA in Philosophy and French literature and PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo, Egypt he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from Al-Azhar University scholars (ijazat teaching license in seven disciplines). Through his writings and lectures Tariq has contributed to the debate on the issues of Muslims in the West and Islamic revival in the Muslim world. His research interests include the issues of Islamic legislation, politics, ethics, Sufism and the Islamic contemporary challenges in both the Muslim-majority countries and the West. He is active at both academic and grassroots levels.