What constitutes a 'good' life? On what basis do people of different communities, traditions and faiths interact? These crucial questions of principle and action affect all person, whether relgious or not. Since proper conceptions of the good are perennial in both public and private domains, practical ethics is an evergreen subject. However, few treatments specifically of Muslim ethics have been written in English: there is a pressing requirement for a book which expounds, in a clear, non-technical way, the central assertions of Muslim ethical thinking. Amyn B. Sajoo here meets that need. Showing how the great variety of Muslim societies and diaspora communities have addressed the secular in different ways, and exploring complex debates around the interplay between modernity and tradition, the book ranges over such key topics as biomedicine, human rights, the environment and civic pluralism. Anchoring his discussion in individual as well as collective senses of the Self, Sajoo combines a masterful analysis of scriptural texts with the globalised, lived-out settings and cultural expressions of Muslims, from novels to fine art. The result is a concise and reliable handbook to the most important ethical themes demanding the attention of Muslims and non-Muslims alike - and an essential tool for students as well as teachers of religious and social studies, philosophy and ethics. Recent political and social events as well as advances in science and technology have posed challenges to the traditional Muslim discourse on ethics. In this book Amyn B. Sajoo examines these challenges and critically analyses the implications of emerging initiatives in political pluralism and civic culture as well as moves in bio-medicine and environmental conservation. He considers how the contours of public ethics in Islam may be redefined to provide shared conceptions of the good and the practically useful in pluralist societies.