Islamic Environmental Stewardship: Nature and Science in the Light of Islamic Philosophy
This essay presents a short overview of the Islamic philosophical approach to
nature, the Islamic perspective on modern science and the relations between sacred tradition, nature, and science in light of the ongoing environmental crisis. It also proposes a solution to the environmental crisis, based on an integrated understanding of these subject matters. This is conducted through a lens that is Islamic by method but universal in principle and conclusion.
The prime source of all Islamic thought and practice, from theological doctrine to sacred law, is the Holy Qur'an. Similarly, in this essay, the influence of Qur'anic teachings is much greater than what may just appear in citations; their influence is central to this work. With that said, if there is anything presented in this essay that is disharmonious with the Qur'anic message, it is the fault of the essay’s author.
Another prime source used for the purpose of this essay is the work and teaching of the Islamic philosopher Seyyed Hossein Nasr. An esteemed author of over 50 books and 500 articles, Nasr has written extensively on a wide array of subjects including Sufism, perennial philosophy, comparative religion, the sacred sciences and the natural environment. In fact, much of this essay can be regarded as a summary of his integrated writings on modern humanity’s approach to science, spirituality and nature.
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- September 10, 2015