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Animals in Islamic Tradition and Muslim Cultures
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Preface xi Introduction: Islam, Muslims, and Non-human Animals 1 Muslims and Islam: Some Facts and Definitions 8 1 Animals in Islamic Source Texts 11 2 Animals in Islamic Law 29 3 Animals in Philosophy and Science 47 4 Animals in Literature and Art 65 5 Contemporary Muslim Views on 6 Towards an Islamic Vegetarianism 105 7 Muslim Attitudes Towards Dogs 129 Conclusions 145 Notes 153 Bibliography 173 Organizations 181 Index 184

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A marvellous piece of research, this book will help those interested in animals learn about Islam, and those familiar with Islam probe into the animal realm." Christopher Key Chapple - Professor of theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University "No work does so much to bring the reader abreast of human-animal relations in the Muslim world, or does so with such a combination of scholarship, sympathy, and bold critique." Richard Bulliet - Professor of History, Columbia University; author of The Camel and the Wheel "A marvellous piece of research, this book will help those interested in animals learn about Islam, and those familiar with Islam probe into the animal realm." Christopher Key Chapple - Professor of theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University "No work does so much to bring the reader abreast of human-animal relations in the Muslim world, or does so with such a combination of scholarship, sympathy, and bold critique." Richard Bulliet - Professor of History, Columbia University; author of The Camel and the Wheel

About the Author

Richard C. Folz is Associate Professor of Religion at Concordia University, Montreal. A specialist in Iranian Studies, his research also focuses on the relationship between religion and nature, and on Muslim civilizations in general. He has lectured extensively in both America and the Middle East, and is the recipient of several scholarships and awards. His previous works include Spirituality in the Land of the Noble: How Iran shaped the World's Religions (Oneworld 2004)

Reviews

"For those who wish to learn about animal rights and Islam, but who are beginners when it comes to either or both, this will be an interesting book and an easy read." * American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences *
"Drawing on a wide range of sources, including classic texts in philosophy, literature and mysticism, Foltz traces the development of Islamic attitudes towards animals over the centuries and confronts some of the key ethical questions facing Muslims today." * Concordia Journal *
"Foltz's book encapulates, in a very brief and handy volume, most of the available information about animals in Islam." * Eco Islam *
--Positive review in the magazine of the Danish Vegetarian Society, it is written in Danish. * Vegetaren *
"This book endeavours to enlighten and inform the reader about the place of animals in Islam" * Muslim World Book Review *
Article "For Pet's Sake: A religious debate on whether there's an afterlife for animals" mentions the books and discusses some of Foltz views. * Newsday.com *
"For those who wish to learn about animal rights and Islam, but who are beginners when it comes to either or both, this will be an interesting book and an easy read." * American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences *
"A thoroughly researched and comprehensive study on Islam and Animal Welfare." * Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics *
"Drawing on a wide range of sources, including classic texts in philosophy, literature and mysticism, Foltz traces the development of Islamic attitudes towards animals over the centuries and confronts some of the key ethical questions facing Muslims today." * Concordia Journal *
"A thoroughly researched and comprehensive study on Islam and Animal Welfare." * Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics *
"Foltz's book encapulates, in a very brief and handy volume, most of the available information about animals in Islam." * Eco Islam *
--Positive review in the magazine of the Danish Vegetarian Society, it is written in Danish. * Vegetaren *
"This book endeavours to enlighten and inform the reader about the place of animals in Islam" * Muslim World Book Review *
Article "For Pet's Sake: A religious debate on whether there's an afterlife for animals" mentions the books and discusses some of Foltz views. * Newsday.com *

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