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
Abstract of paper given at Islam
and Ecology conference:
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.