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Signs on the Earth : New
Signs on the Earth : New
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Details:  Signs on the Earth : New,
Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis,
*[A5+] Paperback - 267 pages,
by Fazlun M. Khalid,
by Kube Publishing.




Description :


This book, by one of the world’s leading Muslim environmentalists, explores what is perhaps the greatest threat humanity faces today, namely climate change.


Fazlun Khalid looks unflinchingly at how modernity imposes itself on the world, throwing traditional societies and ways of life into disarray. This unfolding disruption has corrupted the balance of the earth’s natural ecosystems while holding out illusory promises of ‘progress.’ Instead he urges that such progress through industrialisation, economic growth and an unsustainable addiction to consumerism desperately needs to be rethought.


His radical reconsideration of prevailing models of ‘development’ draws inspiration from the realm of the sacred. He makes a special appeal to Muslims to reflect on their own particular responsibility in addressing the perils faced by the planet. Recognising, however, that environmental concerns are a collective responsibility, Fazlun Khalid calls on people of all faiths and none, to work together to leave future generations a planet on which they will not only survive but thrive.


" At last an authoritative statement on this crucial matter
from a vital constituency whose voice has; up to now,
scarcely been heard at all. Muslims make up a quarter of
the world's population and, owing to the areas where they
live, are in many cases disproportionately affected by
global warming and climate change. Drawing on sources
deeply embedded within Islamic tradition, Fazlun Khalid
shows that the vast body of knowledge and experience
contained within it has much to offer to the contemporary
discourse on the ecology of our planet and he provides
a perspective that is surprisingly original and extremely
relevant to those who care about the future of the world
in which we live. ---Shaykh Abdalhaq Bewley.



A major study of environmentalism and Islam in practice and theory, with an historical overview that sets out future challenges, including reformulating the fiqh or Islamic legal tradition to take the ecological dimension seriously.


In addressing this book to the one billion Muslims in the world it has the potential to reinvigorate the desire for environmental change in a community that is ignored at the planets peril. In arguing that modernity, consumerism and industrialisation need to be rethought, alongside an appeal to reconnect man and woman with creation in the divine order, this book has the potential to transform a generation.


In the same way that Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything presented the argument for environmental action in a Capitalist framework, Fazlun Khalid has written a book that demands action from those whose primary orientation is towards the Islamic faith.







Table of Contents :


---Foreword,
---Acknowledgements,


---Chapter [1]. A House of Cards,
------Hegemony,
------Brains, black holes and the Enlightenment,
------The Bridge,
------A Lethal Cocktail,
------Endnotes.

---Chapter [2]. A Ravished Earth,
------A Disconnected People,
------The Pollution Boomerang,
------Rape of the Forests,
------Ecocide,
------The Nectar of Life,
------A Delayed Recation,
------Endnotes.

---Chapter [3]. Prosperity in Perspective,
------Happiness and the Good Life,
------The Progress Trap,
------Development and Delusions,
------The Fantasy of Growth,
------Endnotes.

---Chapter [4]. How History Accelerated,
------All the Time in the World,
------Signs of Impatience,
------A Spurt,
------Acceleration,
------Endnotes.

---Chapter [5]. Islam and the Natural World,
------Mobilising Faith,
------Rediscovering the Natural World,
------Producing Results,
------Endnotes.

---Chapter [6]. Surviving the Anthropocene,
------Collapse,
------What Now?
------Hope Springs Eternal,
------Endnotes.


Appendices :
---Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change,
---List of Acronyms,
---Glossary of Arabic Terms,
---List of Quotations from the Qur'an,
---Bibliography,
---Index.








Also see Green Deen.






*Dimensions : 23.4 x 16.5cm.








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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 04 December, 2018.