Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust / Edition 1

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The environmental crisis falls hardest upon the world's poor, a disproportionate number of whom are Muslims. Islam contains a strong message of social justice, which challenges many of the environmentally destructive development models currently in place. Moreover, the Islamic tradition contains rich sources for environmental ethics, although this dimension has not yet figured prominently in the discourse of contemporary Muslim intellectuals who tend to see environmental issues as symptoms of broader social justice concerns.

The conference on Islam and ecology held at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, in 1998 was the first international forum to bring Islamic environmental values to the forefront of discussion. In the Islamic worldview humans are seen as stewards over a creation that belongs ultimately not to humans, but to God. Islamic law provides for levels of environmental protection that exceed in some cases those in contemporary Western legal systems, but throughout the Muslim world these traditions have been replaced or allowed to lapse. Today, however, Muslims everywhere are coming to see the environment as an issue affecting the welfare of all present and future generations, and they are coming with renewed interest to the guidance that Islamic models of stewardship can provide.

Muslims today constitute one-sixth of the world's human population, and Muslim communities are present in virtually every country around the globe. This volume contains a set of essays written by scholars of Islam from a wide range of countries and cultural backgrounds, attesting to the importance of including this major religious tradition in globaldiscussions on environment and sustainability.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945454403
  • Publisher: Center for the Study of World Religions
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Religions of the World and Ecology Series , #9
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard C. Foltz is Associate Professor of Religion, Concordia University

Frederick M. Denny is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Azizan Baharuddin is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Malaya.

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Series Foreword
Preface to Islam and Ecology
Toward an Understanding of Environmental Ethics from a Qur'anic Perspective 3
The Universe Alive: Nature in the Masnavi of Jalal al-Din Rumi 39
Fitra: An Islamic Model for Humans and the Environment 67
Islam, the Contemporary Islamic World, and the Environmental Crisis 85
Islam and the Environment: Theory and Practice 107
Islam and Ecology: Toward Retrieval and Reconstruction 121
Peace in Islam: An Ecology of the Spirit 155
The Basis for a Discipline of Islamic Environmental Law 185
Islamic Environmentalism: A Matter of Interpretation 249
Toward an Islamic Ecotheology 281
Islam, Ecology, and Modernity: An Islamic Critique of the Root Causes of Environmental Degradation 299
The Environmental Crisis of Our Time: A Muslim Response 323
Islam, Muslim Society, and Environmental Concerns: A Development Model Based on Islam's Organic Society 341
Ecological Justice and Human Rights for Women in Islam 377
Scientific Innovation and al-Mizan 393
Capacity Building for Sustainable Development: The Dilemma of Islamization of Environmental Institutions 403
Islam, the Environment, and Family Planning: The Cases of Egypt and Iran 423
An Ecological Journey in Muslim Bengal 451
Islam in Malaysia's Planning and Development Doctrine 463
The Aga Khan Development Network: An Ethic of Sustainable Development and Social Conscience 477
Nature in Islamic Urbanism: The Garden in Practice and in Metaphor 499
From the Gardens of the Qur'an to the "Gardens" of Lahore 511
Trees as Ancestors: Ecofeminism and the Poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad 527
Glossary of Arabic Terms 535
Bibliography on Islam and Ecology 537
Notes on Contributors 549
Index 559
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