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Communities Like You: Animals and Islam

Harvard Islamic Studies

The theme of the Fifth Annual Alwaleed Islamic Studies Conference (2013) is Animal and Islam.

Animals have played significant roles within the theological, artistic, legal, ethical, and literary traditions of Muslim communities. In the Qur'an, animals…


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The theme of the Fifth Annual Alwaleed Islamic Studies Conference (2013) is Animal and Islam.

Animals have played significant roles within the theological, artistic, legal, ethical, and literary traditions of Muslim communities. In the Qur'an, animals - unlike people - submit naturally to God and they, together with nature, constitute natural signs through which humans might come to know God. Interaction with them is addressed in the Hadith in which Muhammad compares acts of cruelty toward animals with cruel acts toward humans. Animals continue to hold a special place in many Muslim communities.

By focusing on the role of animals in Islam, this conference will employ a single theme through which to explore the complex matrix of Muslim communities. This exploration inevitably intersects with other themes, offering rich perspectives. Each panel of leading scholars and activists examines the role of animals within a different framework, and in doing so, elucidates a unique lens by which to approach a subject that has been marginalized in public understandings of Islam.

For conference description, see: http://www.islamicstudies.harvard.edu/communities-like-you-animals-and-islam/

Also see: http://www.islamicstudies.harvard.edu/animals-and-islam-schedule/

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