Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust

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Islam is the religion of over one billion people and is practiced in virtually every country on earth. The articulation of an Islamic environmental ethic in contemporary terms is all the more urgent because Western-style conservation efforts do not fit all cultural and philosophical traditions.

This volume outlines the Islamic view of the cosmic order and reviews the ways an Islamic world view can be interpreted, reassessed, and applied to such environmental problems as pollution and water scarcity. Sections on social justice and on issues of sustainability and development look at the history and roots of the current environmental crisis; at the broader context of women's rights of equal access to both natural and social resources; and at the interconnectedness of environmental protection and the alleviation of human poverty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780945454397
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Religions of the World and Ecology Series, #9
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (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 Lawrence E. Sullivan
  • Series Foreword Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
  • Preface to Islam and Ecology Adnan Z. Amin
  • Introduction Richard C. Foltz

  1. God, Humans, and Nature

    • Toward an Understanding of Environmental Ethics from a Qur'anic Perspective Ibrahim Özdemir
    • The Universe Alive: Nature in the Masnavī of Jalal al-Din Rumi L. Clarke
    • Fitra: An Islamic Model for Humans and the Environment Saadia Khawar Khan Chishti

  2. The Challenge of (Re)Interpretation
    • Islam, the Contemporary Islamic World, and the Environmental Crisis Seyyed Hossein Nasr
    • Islam and the Environment: Theory and Practice Mawil Izzi Dien
    • Islam and Ecology: Toward Retrieval and Reconstruction S. Nomanul Haq
    • Peace in Islam: An Ecology of the Spirit Abdul Aziz Said and Nathan C. Funk
    • The Basis for a Discipline of Islamic Environmental Law Othman Abd-ar-Rahman Llewellyn
    • Islamic Environmentalism: A Matter of Interpretation Richard C. Foltz
    • Toward an Islamic Ecotheology Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

  3. Environment and Social Justice

    • Islam, Ecology, and Modernity: An Islamic Critique of the Root Causes of Environmental Degradation
      Fazlun M. Khalid
    • The Environmental Crisis of Our Time: A Muslim Response Yasin Dutton
    • Islam, Muslim Society, and Environmental Concerns: A Development Model Based on Islam's Organic Society
      Hashim Ismail Dockrat
    • Ecological Justice and Human Rights for Women in Islam Nawal Ammar

  4. Toward a Sustainable Society

    • Scientific Innovation and al-Mīzēn
      Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz
    • Capacity Building for Sustainable Development: The Dilemma of Islamization of Environmental Institutions
      Safei-Eldin A. Hamed
    • Islam, the Environment, and Family Planning: The Cases of Egypt and Iran
      Nancy W. Jabbra and Joseph G. Jabbra
    • An Ecological Journey in Muslim Bengal Mohammad Yusuf Siddiq
    • Islam in Malaysia's Planning and Development Doctrine Abu Bakar Abdul Majeed
    • The Aga Khan Development Network: An Ethic of Sustainable Development and Social Conscience Tazim R. Kassam

  5. The Islamic Garden as Metaphor for Paradise

    • Nature in Islamic Urbanism: The Garden in Practice and in Metaphor Attilio Petruccioli
    • From the Gardens of the Qur'an to the “Gardens” of Lahore James L. Wescoat, Jr.
    • Trees as Ancestors: Ecofeminism and the Poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad Farzaneh Milani

  • Glossary of Arabic Terms
  • Bibliography on Islam and Ecology Richard C. Foltz
  • Notes on Contributors
  • Index

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