Signs on the Earth

Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis

Signs on the Earth

A major study of environmentalism and Islam in practice and theory, with an historical overview that sets out future challenges, including reformulating the fiqh or Islamic legal tradition to take the ecological dimension seriously. Les mer
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Signs on the Earth

A major study of environmentalism and Islam in practice and theory, with an historical overview that sets out future challenges, including reformulating the fiqh or Islamic legal tradition to take the ecological dimension seriously.

In addressing this book to the one billion Muslims in the world it has the potential to reinvigorate the desire for environmental change in a community that is ignored at the planets peril. In arguing that modernity, consumerism and industrialisation need to be rethought, alongside an appeal to reconnect man and woman with creation in the divine order, this book has the potential to transform a generation.

In the same way that Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything presented the argument for environmental action in a Capitalist framework, Fazlun Khalid has written a book that demands action from those whose primary orientation is towards the Islamic faith.

CONTENTS







FOREWORD AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS



INTRODUCTION







CHAPTER 1 - A HOUSE OF CARDS



Hegemony



Brains, Black Holes and the Enlightenment



The Bridge



A Lethal Cocktail







CHAPTER 2 - A RAVISHED EARTH



Disconnected People



The Pollution Boomerang



Rape of the Forests



Ecocide



The Nectar of Life



A Delayed Reaction







CHAPTER 3 - PROSPERITY IN PERSPECTIVE



Happiness and the Good Life



The Progress Trap



Development and Delusions



The Growth Fantasy







CHAPTER 4 - HOW HISTORY ACCELERATED



All the Time in the World



Signs of Impatience



A Spurt



Acceleration







CHAPTER 5 - ISLAM AND THE NATURAL WORLD



Mobilising Faith



Rediscovering Nature



The Sacred



Islam and Environmental Ethics



Political Economy in Islam



Producing Results



Ilm ul khalq - Knowledge of Creation



Fiqh al biah - Jurisprudence of the Environment



The Shari'a in Perspective



A way forward







CHAPTER 6: SURVIVING THE ANTHROPOCENE



Collapse



What now?



Hope springs eternal







ENDNOTES



GLOSSARY



BIBLIOGRAPHY

National press and TV coverage in the UK including articles in The Guardian, the Jewish Chronicle and a 60 minute programme on Islam Channel about the book's launch is expected.

Extensive Twitter campaign to get the hashtag #signsintheearth trending

News and press coverage will be posted on the IFEES website - http://www.ifees.org.uk/

Reviews sought in religious magazines of all three Abrahamic faiths and a blog tour involving the authors discussing environmental issues

Giveaways on Goodreads and Library Thing.


Will be considered for the United Methodist Women Reading Program in 2020.


Reviews and articles will be sought in science and religion publications. including: New Scientist and Nature, as well as other print media.


Academic journals and websites will be sent copies, including: Reading Religion (American Academy of Religion), Environmental Ethics (University of Texas), Environmental Philosophy (University of Oregon), Environment and Behavior (Sage).

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