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Religions 2018, 9(9), 269;

Animal Ethics in Islam: A Review Article

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Florida, FL 32611, USA
Received: 19 August 2018 / Accepted: 6 September 2018 / Published: 10 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Muslim Ethics in the Global Medina)
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This article offers an assessment of the current state of scholarship on animal ethics in Islam. It first discusses a group of texts that share the preoccupation of demonstrating the superiority of Islam’s animal teachings, thus exhibiting a clearly apologetic tone. Then it turns to the debate on animal ethics in Western academia. By raising challenging questions, the latter holds the promise of delving deeper into the subject, but at its current stage much of it is still hampered by factual inaccuracies and methodological flaws. In conclusion, the article explains why the subject of animal ethics in Islam is particularly deserving of careful study. View Full-Text
Keywords: animals in Islam; human exceptionalism; killing for food; dominion; domestication; premodern tradition; animal rights animals in Islam; human exceptionalism; killing for food; dominion; domestication; premodern tradition; animal rights
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