- Introduction: Religion and Ecology—What Is the Connection and Why Does It Matter?
- The Earth as Sacrament: Insights from Orthodox Christian Theology and Spirituality
- The World of Nature according to the Protestant Tradition
- Jainism and Ecology: Transformation of Tradition
- Hindu Religion and Environmental Well-being
- The Greening of Buddhism: Promise and Perils
- Daoism and Nature
- Motifs for a New Confucian Ecological Vision
- Religion and Ecology in African Culture and Society
- Indigenous Traditions: Religion and Ecology
- Population, Religion, and Ecology
- Genetic Engineering and Nature: Human and Otherwise
- So Near and Yet So Far: Animal Theology and Ecological Theology
- Religious Ecofeminism: Healing the Ecological Crisis
- Science and Religion in the Face of the Environmental Crisis
- Religion and Ecology: Survey of the Field
- The Spiritual Dimension of Nature Writing
- Religion, Environmentalism, and the Meaning of Ecology
- Religious Environmentalism in Action
- Religion and Environmental Struggles in Latin America
- African Initiated Churches as Vehicles of Earth-Care in Africa
- The Scientist and the Shepherd: The Emergence of Evangelical Environmentalism
- Religion and Environmentalism in America and Beyond
Abstract and Keywords
If religions are understood to be the major source of value systems by which individuals and societies rank possible outcomes and make decisions about their own behaviors, it would seem that the adoption of a caring and non-exploitative ethic toward the environment by Muslims would presuppose the existence in Islamic tradition of principles which accord value to the natural world. This essay shows that such principles are indeed to be found in Islam and discusses some of the ways that contemporary Muslims throughout the world are seeking to apply these principles in response to the global environmental crisis. It also points out some of the cultural and political obstacles facing those who would implement Islamic guidelines for preserving the environment. In addition, the article examines sources of Islamic environmentalism, the two-edged sword of development and economic growth, and Islamic environmental ethics.
Richard C. Foltz is associate professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. His most recent book is Animals in Islamic Tradition and Muslim Cultures.
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