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Religions of the World and Ecology Book Series

Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
Religions of the World and Ecology Series

distributed by Harvard University Press
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, series editors

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Religions of the World and Ecology Series Description:

The Religions of the World and Ecology conference series, hosted by the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School, was the result of research conducted at the CSWR over a three-year period (1996-1998). Conferences involved the direct participation and collaboration of more than 800 scholars, religious leaders, and environmental specialists from around the world.

These Conferences were organized by the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School, and co-sponsored by Bucknell University and the Center for Respect of Life and Environment, which is part of the Humane Society of the United States.

In order to make the fruits of this work available to larger audiences, the CSWR Publications Office has developed a series of volumes comprised primarily of articles written for the conferences. The Religions of the World and Ecology publications series intends to map the contours of a new field of study in religion and explore the resultant implications for other disciplinary fields, such as contemporary environmental ethics and public policy.

The conference organizers express their appreciation for the generous support of the following institutions and individuals: V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Association of Shinto Shrines, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Dharam Hinduja Indic Research Center at Columbia University, Germeshausen Foundation, Harvard Buddhist Studies Forum, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard Divinity School Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, Jain Academic Foundation of North America, Albert and Vera List Endowment, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Laurance Rockefeller, Sacharuna Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Theological Education to Meet the Environmental Challenge, and the Winslow Foundation.

The enormous challenges posed by the environmental crisis in its many complex and interlinking aspects have been much debated. Exploding population, diminishing resources, overconsumption, crippling poverty, rampant pollution, and unrestrained industrialization have created seemingly insoluble problems of global proportions. In searching for solutions to these interrelated problems, it is becoming increasingly clear that what is needed is recovery of mutually enhancing human-earth relations. One approach to reestablish a sense of balance with nature is to draw on worldviews that reflect this sense of reciprocity. This series examines the ecological implications of the beliefs, attitudes, rituals, and doctrines of various world religions in order to discover what they might offer to both the larger interdisciplinary dialogue on the environmental crisis and to the more immediate, pragmatic aspects of public policy and environmental ethics.

An introductory essay to each of the volumes written by conference organizers Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim entitled, “The Challenge of the Environmental Crisis,” provides an introduction to the topic of religion and ecology.

Volumes, Editors, and Projected Release Dates
World Religions and Ecology Series
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, series editors

Volume Titles Volume Editors Publication Date


Table of Contents


Mary Evelyn Tucker
Duncan Ryuken Williams





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Dieter Hessel
Rosemary Radford Ruether





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Mary Evelyn Tucker
John Berthrong





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N. J. Girardot
Liu Xiaogan
James Miller





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Christopher Key Chapple
Mary Evelyn Tucker




Indigenous Traditions

Table of Contents


John Grim





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Richard Foltz
Frederick Denny
Azizan Baharuddin





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Christopher Key Chapple





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Hava Tirosh-Samuelson





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Rosemarie Bernard



Published volumes in this series include:
Buddhism and Ecology: The Interconnection of Dharma and Deeds
Mary Evelyn Tucker and Duncan Ryuken Williams, eds.
cloth:   ISBN 0–945454–13–9   $31.50
paper: ISBN 0–945454–14–7   $19.95

Christianity and Ecology: Seeking the Well-being of Earth and Humans
Dieter T. Hessel and Rosemary Radford Ruether, eds.
cloth:   ISBN 0–945454–19–8   $40.95
paper: ISBN 0–945454–20–1   $28.50

Confucianism and Ecology: The Interrelation of Heaven, Earth, and Humans
Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Berthrong, eds.
cloth:   ISBN 0–945454–15–5   $34.50
paper: ISBN 0–945454–16–3   $27.50

Daoism and Ecology: Ways Within a Cosmic Landscape
N. J. Girardot, James Miller, and Liu Xiaogan, eds.
cloth:   ISBN 0–945454–29–5   $36.95
paper: ISBN 0–945454–30–9   $24.95

Hinduism and Ecology: The Intersection of Earth, Sky, and Water
Christopher Key Chapple and Mary Evelyn Tucker, eds.
cloth:   ISBN 0–945454–25–2   $40.95
paper: ISBN 0–945454–26–0   $28.50

Indigenous Traditions and Ecology: The Interbeing of Cosmology and Community
John A. Grim, ed.
cloth:   ISBN 0–945454–27–9   $49.95
paper: ISBN 0–945454–28–7   $28.95

Islam and Ecology: A Bestowed Trust
Richard C. Foltz, Frederick M. Denny, Azizan Baharuddin, eds.
cloth:   ISBN 0–945454–39–2   $48.95
paper: ISBN 0–945454–40–6   $28.95

Jainism and Ecology: Nonviolence in the Web of Life
Christopher Key Chapple, ed.
cloth:   ISBN 0–945454–33–3   $32.95
paper: ISBN 0–945454–34–1   $22.95

Judaism and Ecology: Created World and Revealed Word
Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, ed.
cloth:   ISBN 0–945454–35–X    $46.95
paper: ISBN 0–945454–36–8    $28.95

Ordering Information
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