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202 p. : ill ; 26 cm.
  • Contents: Foreword, His Royal Highness El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan-- Introduction: reflections and personal journey: in search of insight-- Sustainable development revisited-- A framework for sustainable development: Islamic worldviews-- Good governance and justice (adl)-- Beauty (ihsan) and sustainable development-- Social capital in Islam (arham)-- Pollution, corruption (fasad) and climate change: Islamic perspectives-- Education for sustainable development-- Epilogue-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781409429029 20160608
In Islam and Sustainable Development, Odeh Al-Jayyousi addresses the social, human and economic dimensions of sustainability from an Islamic perspective. Islam is sometimes viewed as a challenge, threat and risk to the West, but here we are reminded that the celebration of cultural diversity is a key component in Islamic values. Promoting common understanding between East and West, this American-educated, Middle Eastern-based author offers something broader and deeper than conventional Western ways of thinking about sustainability and presents new insights inspired by Islamic worldviews. Drawing on his roles as both academic researcher and senior development practitioner, Professor Al-Jayyousi applies his deep understanding of Islamic values to contemporary environmental, financial and social conflicts and crises and defines a framework for sustainability embracing local, regional and global perspectives. He also addresses how education might produce innovation, knowledge creation and development to support a new paradigm for sustainability that re-defines what constitutes good life, beyond consumerism and the production of waste.This book will interest policy makers, development and donor communities, funding agencies and banks in the Islamic World and beyond, as well as those with a professional interest in planning and in environmental and conservation issues. Scholars of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and more broadly, those with an academic interest in cultural and religious studies, will find that this book in Gower's Transformation and Innovation Series is perhaps the most substantial work yet on sustainable development from an Islamic perspective.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781409429029 20160608
Green Library
xxvi, 232 p. ; 22 cm.
  • This deen called Islam
  • Introduction: the earth is a mosque
  • Waste. The problem of overconsumption
  • The environmental movement as a response to overconsumption
  • Green Muslims
  • Green mosques
  • Watts. Energy from hell
  • Energy from heaven
  • Efficiency and green jobs
  • Living off the grid
  • Water. Water--essential for survival
  • Toxic waste in our water
  • The wonderful world of wudu
  • Food. Feeding your family
  • Urban and suburban food gardens
  • The farmers' market
  • Green zabiha
  • American halal--setting the stage for the future
  • Conclusion: following the call.
Muslims, like those of many faiths, are compelled by their religion to praise the Creator, take care of each other, and take care of the planet. Those are their sacred mandates, as written in the Quran. While the call to love Allah and one another won't surprise many, the deep and long-standing convergences between Muslim theology and environmentalism aren't widely recognized within other religious and secular cultures at large or even among some American Muslim communities. In this unique project, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin seeks to change that. "Green Deen" ('deen' means 'way' in Arabic) is a call to devotion, prayer, and service, a 'friend-raising' project, a community-building opportunity, and a marriage of faith and reason. Abdul-Matin draws on research and interviews with prominent Muslim scholars, theologians, and community leaders to trace Islam's historical and contemporary preoccupation with humankind's collective role as stewards of the Earth. He reveals how Islam's call to reflection specifically includes reflection on our relationship to the natural world, and he cites scriptural passages that implicitly and explicitly illustrate our collective responsibility to maintain and manage the planet's delicate and intricate systems. If we all hope to save our planet and build stronger interfaith and secular relationships, Abdul-Matin argues, Muslims need to remember they have a history of a green deen, and the rest of us need to build community with eco-friendly Muslims. Advancing a mantra of 'water, waste, and watts', Abdul-Matin presents specific ways in which Muslim communities and religious centers could concretely benefit from adopting green strategies (such as getting mosques off the grid and ensuring local communities greater protections against hazards like urban brownouts). And he provides practical steps individual Muslims can take to align their personal environmental practices with their aspirations for both piety and community. "Green Deen" articulates an Earth-conscious, people-affirming, faith-based, justice-centered orientation that will help mainstream American Muslims and their allies promote environmentalism that is steadfast, scientific, and practical. No other book of this kind has been written for the Muslim community, in a language they can understand. No other book helps those environmentalists of other faiths and orientations understand the gifts and contributions that Islam and its followers bring to the table. "Green Deen" is one of a kind.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781605094649 20160604
Green Library


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