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August 2016
Information Ethics from an Islamic Perspective


Researchers in information ethics have gone back in history as far as Aristotle and Descartes to seek ways, and develop principles, to resolve ethical quandaries arising from advancements in information and communication technologies. In the realm of published work, several studies have investigated the ethical dimensions of moral viewpoints and philosophies. For most of these stud-ies, however, emphasis has been drawn from secular and western philosophies, and religion has not been a point of contention. An ethical system comprising religious laws, specifically the Islamic doctrine, has rarely been addressed by ethical theorists, despite its potential for being a compre-hensive source of wide ranging principles that can be used to govern ethical decisions and guide moral behavior.

Islam and its vast reservoir of knowledge can provide an alternative paradigm towards viewing information ethics. Islamic ethics derive from the Quran – a divine source, the Sunnah, and the Islamic jurisprudence that govern all aspects of life. An Islamic ethical system should also merit attention because it is generally believed that Islamic principles can be flexible and adaptable to many new situations such as those demanded by the confluence of information technology and ethics.
While we acknowledge the importance of the spiritual realm of Islam, our interest in the following edition is on the extraction of principles and theories from the religious landscape of Islam towards its potential application to information ethics dilemmas.


Guest Editors of this issue are:

Salam Abdallah, Abu Dhabi University, United Arab Emirates, Email:

Jared Bielby, MA/MLIS, Co-chair, ICIE; University of Alberta, Canada, Email:

Mahmood Sangari, PhD candidate, Department of Information Sciences and Knowledge Studies, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Science, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran, Email:

Mahmood Khosrowjerdi, editor of Infropreneurship, PhD candidate, Philosophy of Information at Oslo and Akershus Universities, Email: