Preface -- INTRODUCTION: ISLAM, MUSLIMS, AND NON-HUMAN ANIMALS. Muslims and Islam: some facts and definitions -- 1. ANIMALS IN ISLAMIC SOURCE TEXTS. The role of Arab norms -- Cosmic hierarchy in the Qurʼan -- The hadiths -- Meat-eating and slaughter -- 2. ANIMALS IN ISLAMIC LAW. Animals in the classical legal texts. Laws pertaining to animals as food. Obligations of humans towards animals: Wild animals; Domestic animals. -- The basis for wildlife conservation in Islamic law. Hunting to extinction. Wildlife preserves in Islamic law -- The need for a new jurisprudence. Initiatives at Al-Azhar -- 3. ANIMALS IN PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE. Animals in Islamic philosophy. The case of the animals versus man. Alive, son of awake -- Scientific works on animals. The book of animals. The lives of animals -- 4. ANIMALS IN LITERATURE AND ART. Animals in Muslim literature -- Animals in Arabic literature. Kalila and Dimna. The Thousand and one nights -- Animals in Persian literature. The Parrot book. Sufi literature: The Conference of the birds. Jalal al-din Rumi. Other Sufi sources -- Animals in art -- 5. CONTEMPORARY MUSLIM VIEWS ON ANIMAL RIGHTS. B.A. Masri -- Said Nursi -- Advocacy on the Internet -- Not a mainstream view -- Contemporary Muslim views on wildlife conservation -- 6. TOWARDS AN ISLAMIC VEGETARIANISM. Islamic vegetarianism on the rise -- Compassion for animals -- Determining lawful foods: a growing challenge for Muslims -- Islamic social justice and animal rights -- To kill or not to kill? -- Food for thought -- 7. MUSLIM ATTITUDES TOWARDS DOGS. Dogs in Muslim literature -- Dogs in Sufi literature -- Some modern-day Muslim defenders of dogs -- Conclusions -- Notes -- Bibliography -- organizations -- Index.
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