Water Management in Islam

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In the Middle East and North Africa, water is rapidly becoming the key development issue. The region has one of the highest population growth rates in the world and scarce natural water supplies. In this region and others, policy makers have often proposed or even tried to implement policies such as higher water tariffs or privatization without considering local culture, including religion; which clearly influences how people perceive and manage a resource, such as water. In addition to supporting large ...

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Overview

In the Middle East and North Africa, water is rapidly becoming the key development issue. The region has one of the highest population growth rates in the world and scarce natural water supplies. In this region and others, policy makers have often proposed or even tried to implement policies such as higher water tariffs or privatization without considering local culture, including religion; which clearly influences how people perceive and manage a resource, such as water. In addition to supporting large minorities following various faiths, the region is home to 300 million Muslims. Therefore, developing an understanding of the Islamic perspective on proposed water management polices is a key for sustainable and equitable development for Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and elsewhere.

This volume presents Islamic perspectives on a number of proposed water-management policies, including water demand management, wastewater re-use, and higher tariffs. The book opens avenues for wider dialogue amongst researchers working at identifying the most promising water management policies; adds to our knowledge of some of the influences on formal policy and informal practice; and makes these ideals available to a broader public. It serves as a concrete example of the benefit of examining development in the context of values and culture. It also dispels common misconceptions about the Islamic view on water management practices such as selling water and wastewater reuse.

Water Management in Islam will interest researchers, scholars, and students in natural resource management, Islamic studies, Middle Eastern studies, development studies, and public policy. It will also be of interest to professionals, including policy makers in donor organizations, development organizations, NGOs and government departments; and agencies, both North and South, working in the area of water management.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280810363
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Water Resources Management and Policy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,081,820
  • Lexile: 1450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Naser I. Faruqui is a Senior Programme Specialist with the International Development Research Centre, Ottowa, Canada, and focuses on water management in the Middle East. He was selected by the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) as one of 14 water leaders of the next generation, world-wide. Asit K. Biswas is the president of the Third World Centre for Water Management and a member of the World Commission on Water. Murad J. Bino is the Executive Director of the Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM), Amman, Jordan. He was previously Director of the Environment Research Centre at the Royal Scientific Society, Amman, Jordan.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Islamic sources
List of abbreviations
1 Islam and water management: Overview and principles 1
2 Islamic water management and the Dublin Statement 33
3 Islam and the environment 39
4 Water conservation through public awareness based on Islamic teachings in the Eastern Mediterranean region 49
5 Water conservation through community institutions in Pakistan: Mosques and religious schools 61
6 Water demand management in Saudi Arabia 68
7 Sociocultural acceptability of wastewater reuse in Palestine 79
8 Water rights and water trade: An Islamic perspective 85
9 Ownership and transfer of water and land in Islam 94
10 Water markets and pricing in Iran 103
11 Intersectoral water markets in the Middle East and North Africa 115
12 Management of shared waters: A comparison of international and Islamic law 128
Glossary of Arabic and Islamic terms 136
Volume editors 141
Workshop participants 142
Index 145
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