Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
4.5.3 Evolving Climate Consciousness
‘Like all of the other non-western religions, Islam did not take a serious interest in the environmental crisis in the beginning,’ he said in a recent phone interview with The Yale Forum. ‘Because these were societies engaged with very immediate problems …. So even thinking people thought this was a kind of western problem, created by western industrialization and capitalism and so forth. And it wasn’t their problem’ (Yale Climate Connections, 2012).
How should we weigh the desire for development and higher standards of living against the need to protect the environment? This is especially acute given questions of justice, i.e. who has caused climate change, and who should pay for it.
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.