In the Overview Essay, “Islam: Norms and Practices,” Zainal Abidin Bagir and Najiyah Martiam address many of the complexities of contemporary Muslims’ engagement with environmental issues, including Islamic science, financial institutions, shari’a, and the general Muslim responses to the modern world. They illustrate how, due to the frequent tension between modernity an aspects of Islam, Islamic responses to the environmental crisis are often overlooked. They show us that the “important key to furthering Islam and ecology discourse is to pay more attention to the empirical study of living traditions and practices”–to not merely look at the global scene, but to focus on the local response and engagement, which is “very deeply and uniquely rooted in its own land.”
This article by Zainal Abidin Bagir and Najiyah Martiam was originally published in the Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology. You’ll also find a link to S. Nomanul Haq’s “Islam and Ecology: Toward Retrieval and Reconstruction” from the 2001 Daedalus issue.
Here you’ll find a listing of books and articles on the intersection of Islam and Ecology, dating back to the 1950s. Gratitude to Richard Foltz for compiling this list.
Statements are located here regarding the Islamic approach to environmental issues released by Muslim organizations and out of UN Summits.
A listing of Islamic groups and projects that are working for the betterment of the environment is located here.
Here you will find a small selection of passages relating to Earth and the environment. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but serves as a jumping off point for further investigation.
Located here are multimedia offerings of interest, relating to the intersection of Islam and ecology.
External avenues for further exploration on the intersection of Islam and ecology can be found here.
Header photo: Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem