Woman in the Muslim Unconscious (Athene) by Fatna A. Sabbah, Mary Jo Lakeland

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Themes of identity and the nature of change and suffering are central in the philosophical debates of the time, as are ideas regarding the proper construction of society. Dominant in India from about 1500 BCE to the present is a hierarchical social system rooted in the vision of ancient religious texts called the The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice, First Edition. Edited by Michael D. Palmer and Stanley M. Burgess. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd. Published 2012 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Once we grasp the truth of emptiness (sunyata), we see that our personal suffering exists interdependently with the suffering of others. Thus, when we work to transform the conditions that give rise to suffering, either in ourselves or in society, our work contributes to the liberation of all beings. In Buddhist thought, this realization is the basis for true compassion. Although the Buddha did not directly engage in social activism, his teachings confirmed that personal transformation in the Buddhist sense could not be separated from the transformation of society.

The essays in this book are rich in detail. The careful and perceptive reader is likely to discover comparative insights that the editors have not imagined. References Frankena, Willliam (1964) The concept of social justice, in Social Justice (ed. B. Brandt), Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, pp. 1–29. Griffiths, John (1970) Ideology in criminal procedure or a third “model” of the criminal process, Yale Law Journal 79(3): 359–417. D. (1971) The non-moral notion of collective responsibility, in Individual and Collective Responsibility (ed.

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