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Seyyed Hossein Nasr was born and received his early education in Iran. He later studied in the United States where he received his B.S. degree with honors in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the history of science and learning with a concentration in Islamic science, from Harvard University. From 1958-79, he was Professor of Philosophy at Tehran University and is presently University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University. He is the author of many works on Islamic science and religion and the environment including: An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines, Science and Civilization in Islam, Islamic Science: An Illustrated Study, Man and Nature, and Religion and the Order of Nature.


Abstract of paper given at Islam and Ecology conference:
The Religious Dimension of the Environmental Crisis: The Case of Islam

Although there is an environmental crisis in the Islamic world today as a result of the onslaught of modernization, Islam as a religion teaches a view of the environment based upon the harmony between humans as God's vice regent on earth and nature as a reflection of God's Wisdom. Classical Islamic civilization demonstrated on many levels this harmony based on Qur'anic teachings which need to be resuscitated in light of present day needs to encounter the frightful effects of the environmental crisis.

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