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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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Understanding a “Broken World”

Understanding a “Broken World”

Islam, ritual, and Climate Change in Mali, West Africa

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(p.156) (p.157) 8 Understanding a “Broken World”
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That All May Flourish
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Dianna Bell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190456023.003.0009

The chapter and the Mali field research it is based on reveal how Muslim subjects in Mali encounter climate change and respond to it with a fascinating and creative blend of religious and political ideas. Ethnographic anecdotes relate the environmental changes that people in Ouélessébougou have confronted during their lifetimes and illustrate how residents dealt with the causes of climate change. In southern Mali, residents’ religious beliefs and practices played a central role in their interpretations of climate change and their criticisms of the moral state of the world in their blend of politics, religion, and ethics to assess causality and find meaning in chronic, climate-change-related drought.

Keywords:   Islam and ecology, environmental ethics, Mali, drought, climate change, Dianna Bell

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