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Othman Abd-ar-Rahman Llewellyn is an environmental planner in Saudi Arabia's National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development. His responsibilities include planning and design of protected areas, environmental restoration and habitat enhancement. He studied environmental planning and landscape architecture with Ian McHarg in the Masters Program at the University of Pennsylvania and took courses in Islamic law at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and the University of Michigan. He has written articles on a variety of subjects pertaining to conservation in Islamic law, and revised and expanded the World Conservation Union (IUCN) publication, Environmental Protection in Islam. He is a member of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas and its Commission on Environmental Law.

 

 

Abstract of paper given at Islam and Ecology conference:
The Basis for a Discipline of Islamic Environmental Law

Although no independent discipline of environmental law has been recognized within the field of Islamic law, there exist sound bases to develop such a discipline, much as the new discipline of Islamic economics that has been developed in recent decades. Islamic environmental law encompasses far more than compilation of the myriad rulings of the shari'ah which pertain to the environment. These rulings must be understood and applied in light of the ethical values of Islam and the ultimate objectives (maqasid) of Islamic law as well as legal principles and precepts (qawa'id) which govern such processes as the weighing of benefits and costs, allocation of natural resources and accountability for their use. Legal instruments for conservation include protected areas and charitable foundations, and legal sanctions are to be enforced through the office of the muhtasib in addition to the courts. Some thoughts are also offered on key issues pertaining to environmental policy and planning in the context of Islam and on practicalities involved in establishment of the discipline of Islamic environmental law.

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