Muslim Environmentalisms: Theory and Practice for Rights, Justice, and Ecology

March 9, 2023
from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

In this in-person and livestreamed presentation for the Biennial Willem A. Bijlefeld lecture, Prof. Anna M. Gade will draw on her book, Muslim Environmentalisms (Columbia

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University Press, 2019) and new work in environmental ethics. Offering examples from key texts and lived contexts in Asia and elsewhere, she will present Islamic theory and practice for areas of critical engagement and advocacy such as rights of nature, environmental justice, and deep ecology. This shows how past and present Muslim religious responses to environmental change express a call to rethink our own shared academic grounds for humanistic environmental study and activism.

The lecture is named after the first director of the Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. It brings a distinguished scholar to campus for a public presentation on Islam or Christian-Muslim relations to promote interreligious understanding and mutual respect in the local, national and world communities.

Livestreaming will take place on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/hartfordinternational

About the Speaker

Anna M. Gade is an historian of religion specializing in Islamic Studies who is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Education in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses in Environmental Humanities. She has previously held positions in Islamic Studies, Religious Studies and Asian Studies in the United States and abroad. Her research has long been based on Muslim Southeast Asia, and she has previously published two books on the Qur'an. Her book, Muslim Environmentalisms: Religious and Social Foundations (Columbia University Press, 2019), explains global Islamic perspectives on the environment.


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