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Animals in the Qur'an

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107023703

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  • The Islamic tradition has always held animals in high esteem, deserving the same level of consideration as humans. The Qur'an opines that “there is not an animal in the earth nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are people like you.” This fascinating and highly original book examines the status and nature of animals as they are portrayed in the Qur'an and in adjacent exegetical works, in which animals are viewed as spiritual, moral, intelligent, and accountable beings. In this way, the study presents a challenge to the prevalent view of man's superiority over animals and suggests new ways of interpreting the Qur'an. By placing the discussion within the context of other religions and their treatment of animals, the book also makes a persuasive case for animal rights from an Islamic perspective.

    • Offers an original, non-anthropocentric reading of the Qur'an
    • Challenges the prevalent opinion about humans' superiority over animals
    • Compares the treatment of animals in Islam to that of other religions
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    "Animals in the Qur’an is a thought-provoking invitation to consider the past history and future potential for religious traditions to argue for the nature, worth, and rights of the animal world as well as the role of pre-modern theology in our contemporary turn to ecology."

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107023703
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 157 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Animals outside Islamic tradition
    2. Exegesis, exegetes and relevant notions
    3. Are they inferior?
    4. Depiction of nonhuman animals in the Qur'an
    5. The status of humans in the Qur'an.

  • Author

    Sarra Tlili, University of Florida
    Sarra Tlili is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida.

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