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The Middle Path of Moderation in IslamThe Qur'anic Principle of Wasatiyyah$
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Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226831.001.0001

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Environmental Imbalance

Environmental Imbalance

(p.137) XV Environmental Imbalance
The Middle Path of Moderation in Islam

Mohammad Hashim Kamali

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a situational analysis of the severity and scale of the environmental crisis humanity is facing, and a review also of the factors accountable for it. A review of the Islamic scriptural guidelines on the subject shows that environmental care is an integral part of the Qur’anic conception of the vicegerency (khilafah) of man in the earth, with the responsibility to act as trustee and custodian of the earth, its inhabitants, and its resources. The Islamic scriptural data on environmental care construct and unfold an eco-theology that can make a distinctive contribution to the contemporary understanding of the crisis.

Keywords:   trust, beauty, cleanliness, corruption, disparity, pollution

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