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Type: Journal article
Title: Muslims and ecology: fostering Islamic environmental ethics
Author: Saniotis, Arthur
Citation: Contemporary Islam, 2012; 6(2):155-171
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1872-0218
School/Discipline: School of Social Sciences
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Arthur Saniotis
Abstract: Recent scholarly interest in religions and ecology reaffirm the importanceof religious models in understanding humanity’s place in nature. While Islam provides detailed ethical principles on the environment, the majority of Muslim majority countries show an apparent indifference to environmental issues. Due to the complexities in Muslim majority countries in relation to environmental issues, this paper contends that there is a need for an examination of the different aspects of Muslim environmentalism, and to what extent environmental practices are influenced by Islamic environmental ethics. Therefore, this paper develops a multipronged approach whereby both environmental and non-environmental practices by Muslims are discussed, giving an overview of Islamic attitudes towards ecology and environmental practices and suggesting reasons for Muslim non-concern for the environment. Moreover, the paper illustrates how Muslims in western and Muslim majority countries implement Islamic environmental ethics. Finally, western and eastern Muslim thinkers who have written on Islam and the environment are explored.
Keywords: Islamic environmental ethics; historic and sociological processes; right to develop; Indonesia’s pesantren; Muslim thinkers
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
RMID: 0020120400
DOI: 10.1007/s11562-011-0173-8
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