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Document Type(s):Journal Article
Article/Chapter Title:The 'Right of Thirst' for Animals in Islamic Law: A Comparative Approach
Journal Title:Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Author(s):Wescoat Jr., James L.
Date of Publication:1995
Annotation:Wescoat outlines the doctrinal underpinnings of the “right to thirst” in Islamic law by utilizing traditional terminology found in the Qur’an, hadiths, and fiqh (jurisprudence) about pollution and purity, as well as historical precedents set in the seventh to the eighth century CE. He highlights the themes of Allah’s beneficence, creaturely dependence on Allah, and the moral imperative for humans to recognize these facts in Islamic law and examines their relevance in Pakistan and Colorado.With his comparative approach, Wescoat argues that it will be difficult to implement Islamic law in Pakistan because of its colonialist history and politics. Wescoat also suggests that the moral depth of Islamic law can provide a way for Colorado residents to assess the adequacy of their own water laws.
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