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Signs on the Earth: Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis

Fazlun M Khalid

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9781847740755

 

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.

 

Contents

 

1 A House of Cards

2 A Ravished Earth

3 Prosperity in Perspective

4 How History Accelerated

5 Islam and The Natural World

6 Surviving the Anthropocene

 

Appendix: Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change