Arising from the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and the Earth Charter initiative, this text looks at the distinctive Islamic contribution to the environmental debate. The author views the topic from historical, theological, philosophical, legal and ethical perspectives, examining such aspects as the Quranic doctrine of Creation, human responsibility and the actions of governments. Issues of community, empowerment and culture are discussed in relation to the Islamic and natural world.
Mawil Izzi Dien has been writing about Islam and the environment since the early 1980s, when the United Nations published his first study, and is considered to be the world's leading authority on his subject. He lectures in Islamic Studies and runs a course on Religion and the Environment at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He is the author of The Market Law of Islam, and has contributed numerous articles in the Encyclopaedia of Islam. He is President of the Institut Europeen des Sciences Humaines Saint-Leger-Fougeret and was until recently a Council Member in the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.