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That All May FlourishComparative Religious Environmental Ethics$
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Laura Hartman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190456023.001.0001

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All God’s Creatures Are Communities Like You (Qur’an 6:38)

All God’s Creatures Are Communities Like You (Qur’an 6:38)

Precedents for Eco-halal Meat in Muslim Traditions

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(p.90) (p.91) 5 All God’s Creatures Are Communities Like You (Qur’an 6:38)
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That All May Flourish
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Sarah E. Robinson-Bertoni

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190456023.003.0006

This chapter builds a careful case for eco-halal meat, using analysis of key traditional sources, the Quran and hadith, other Muslim literature, and contemporary perspectives and practices. The chapter draws out themes of care and trusteeship from Muslim traditions affirming human responsibilities toward animals, land, and water, protecting their safe and moderate agricultural use. Further, eco-halal practices combine humane slaughter, land and water stewardship, and ethical consideration by eaters toward people who work in agriculture and meat production. The chapter assembles a critical-constructive chorus against factory-farm abuses, unnatural practices, and pollution. These voices concur that Muslims may avoid factory farms and pursue eco-halal meat as an expression of religious responsibility toward the balance and flourishing of lands, waters, and animal communities, which are temporarily and divinely entrusted to the current generation.

Keywords:   Islam and ecology, environmental ethics, animals and ethics, eco-halal, animals in Islam, Sarah Robinson-Bertoni

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