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Common Ground between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: An Islamic View of the Monotheistic Path to Morality

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It is appropriate to mention that common ground exists between the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Their religions began in the Middle East - Judaism and Christianity in the northwest of the Arabian Peninsula; Islam in Central Arabia. Judaism and Christianity first came to the Hebrews, Islam to the Arabs. All of them subscribed to the monotheistic religion of Abraham. These religions absorbed from Zoroastrianism, although non-Semitic, yet a religion in their neighborhood, the dichotomies between good and evil, God and Satan, light and darkness. These dichotomies find their moral expression in the qurʾanic imperative - in short, a philosophy of morality. The very same foundational principles of one's religion can be applied with either a liberal or a conservative interpretation. This distinction is useful for bioethics can be corrected by the progressive use of the sources of law, in line with the approach developed in Islam's formative centuries.

Keywords:Christianity; Islam; Judaism; monotheistic religion; morality

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