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Richard Foltz holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and is the author of Mughal India and Central Asia (Oxford University Press) and Conversations With Emperor Jahangir (Mazda Publishers). He has taught at Brown University and Gettysburg College, and has recently been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion, Columbia University.

 

 

Abstract of paper given at Islam and Ecology conference:
Islamic Environmentalism: A Matter of Interpretation

It has been shown that Islamic sources offer models for increased environmental responsibility among Muslims. It does not appear, however, that an environmentalist Islam is the predominant interpretation of the tradition among any of the world's Muslim societies today. Several channels are proposed through which an environmentalist interpretation of Islam may be raised to normative status, including programs conducted through mosques, and legislation by Islamist governments.

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