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Will Islamic Water Management Principles Be Included If the Helmand River Treaty Is Revisited?

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Research Center, Ghalib University, Herat 3001, Afghanistan
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Professor of Geography, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, 104 CEOAS Administration Building, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA
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Academic Editor: Athanasios Loukas
Water 2022, 14(1), 67; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14010067
Received: 3 October 2021 / Revised: 9 November 2021 / Accepted: 17 December 2021 / Published: 31 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Water Resources Management, Policy and Governance)
Despite the importance of water management in Islamic culture, the role of religion has been underemphasized by scholars. Using the three criteria of equity, responsibility and sustainability, this study aims to assess whether Islamic water management principles are incorporated into the revision of the transboundary Helmand River Basin under the administration of the Taliban regime. In August 2021, Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan, with a goal of ruling Afghanistan based on Islamic Sharia law, presumably including the management of the transboundary watercourses. One such basin is the Helmand, shared with the downstream Islamic Republic of Iran, with whom Afghanistan will likely revisit the transboundary Helmand River Treaty, possibly based on Islamic water management principles. We examine how principles of Islamic code may influence future negotiations, including the construction of dams on the upper Helmand River Basin initiated under the former administration. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islamic water management principles; Taliban; international water law principles; Helmand River Basin; upstream/downstream state Islamic water management principles; Taliban; international water law principles; Helmand River Basin; upstream/downstream state
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Loodin, N.; Wolf, A.T. Will Islamic Water Management Principles Be Included If the Helmand River Treaty Is Revisited? Water 2022, 14, 67. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14010067

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Loodin, Najibullah, and Aaron T. Wolf. 2022. "Will Islamic Water Management Principles Be Included If the Helmand River Treaty Is Revisited?" Water 14, no. 1: 67. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14010067

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