Animal sacrifice plays a central role in important Islamic
rituals, and the overwhelming majority of the world's
Muslims eat meat. Is there a place in Islamic theology
and law for animal welfare? Is vegetarianism compatible
with Islam? This talk will examine the way that Islamic
sources can be used to promote compassion for animals
and support animal welfare activism. We will examine
the Qur'an, the Hadith (reports of the words and actions
of the Prophet Muhammad), Islamic law, Sufi mysticism,
and the work of contemporary Muslim thinkers in order
to see how, despite the prevalence of animal sacrifice,
Islam offers another way to think about the human
relationship to non-human animals.
Mark Berkson: Professor, Hamline University
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