Biodiversity Conservation Ethics in Major Religions

Biodiversity Conservation Ethics in Major Religions

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Biodiversity Conservation Ethics in Major Religions

Author(s): H.S.A. Yahya

Reviewed by: Abdur Raheem Kidwai, Aligarh Muslim University, India

 

Review

Hafiz Shaique Ahmad Yahya, apart from being an expert on wildlife sciences and ornithology, has made a mark as a scholar who has studied his field of specialization in the perspective of major world faiths. His earlier work, Importance of Wildlife Conservation from an Islamic Perspective (2003), in both English and Urdu, helped readers appreciate the Islamic stance on biological ethics, ecology and biodiversity. In the work under review, he has moved a step further by discussing judiciously the teachings of such major religions as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Taoism, Budhhism, Sikhhism, Judaism, Shintoism and Zoroastrianism on biodiversity conservation. Such a scholarly and wide-ranging work is all the more valuable in our times which has witnessed devastating ecological disasters due to greed and materialism. The noble teachings of the world religions on respect for all life, equal opportunities and safe habitat for all creatures and mutual bonding with fellow living beings should have a soothing, sobering effect on us.


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