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date: 27 January 2022

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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.

Keywords: Islam, behavior, environmental crisis, Islamic environmentalism, economic growth, environmental ethics

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