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Qur’anic Principles Applicable to Integral Ecology by Farhana Mayer

On Tuesday 30th January 2024 at 3:00pm (GMT), Farhana Mayer will present a research seminar on the Qur’anic principles applicable to integral ecology, based on her research and publication ‘An Introduction to Qur’anic Ecology and Resonances’ with Laudato Si’.

Abstract:

This study presents clear and strong Qur’anic guidelines that can be referred to by Muslims in addressing the ethical, ecological and environmental issues faced today. Her study relates to the central papal encyclical idea of integral ecology to several Islamic concepts, particularly the interconnected unity of all creation, the innate nature of God and humankind, and the Qur’anic principles of mercy, balance, justice, and moderation.

Speaker bio:

Farhana is a Qur’anic Hermeneutics scholar. She was formerly a lecturer in Sufism at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies (2010–2012) and at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, where she lectured in Qur’anic Exegesis and headed the Graduate Programme in Islamic Studies and Humanities (2012–2015). As LSRI Research Affiliate, Farhana has been working on a new publication entitled An Introduction to Qur’anic Ecology and Resonances with Laudato Si’. This book presents Qur’an-based theological and ethical principles that are applicable to integral ecology and that can be referred to by Muslims in addressing the ethical, ecological and environmental issues faced today. The study demonstrates that significant common ground exists between Qur’anic and Catholic Social Teaching perspectives with regard to these themes, including perceptions of the natural world as a precious part of God’s creation; the interrelatedness of all creation; the understanding of humankind as the being in whom earth and spirit are conjoined; the need for divine guidance; and the need for people to manifest ethical care towards other humans, all living creatures and the earth itself. Conceptual overlaps such as these provide a strong foundation for Catholic-Muslim interfaith partnerships, as we seek to care for our common home.

Registration details:

The seminar will be held in-house at Al-Mahdi Institute. All are welcome to attend and there is no fee for attendance. For those unable to join in person, a live stream link is also available here.

We look forward to your participation in the seminar.