Water Management in Islam

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-12-01
  • Publisher: United Nations Univ

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In the Middle East and North Africa, water is rapidly becoming the key development issue. The region has one of the highest population growth rates in the world and scarce natural water supplies. In this region and others, policy makers have often proposed or even tried to implement policies such as higher water tariffs or privatization without considering local culture and values. Yet culture, including religion, clearly influences how people perceive and manage a resource, such as water. In addition to supporting large minorities following various faiths, the region is home to 300 million Muslims. Therefore, developing an understanding of the Islamic perspective on proposed water management policies is a key for sustainable and equitable development for Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and elsewhere.This volume presents Islamic perspectives on a number of proposed water-management policies, including water demand management, wastewater reuse, and higher tariffs. The book opens avenues for a wider dialogue amongst researchers working at identifying the most promising water management policies, adds to our knowledge of some of the influences on formal policy and informal practice, and makes these ideals available to a broader public. It serves as a concrete example of the benefit of examining development in the context of values and culture. Its also dispels common misconceptions about the Islamic view on water management practices such as selling water and wastewater reuse.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Caroline Pestieau
Preface ix
Acknowledgements xii
Introduction xiii
Naser I. Faruqui
Islamic sources xx
Naser I. Faruqui
Odeh Al-Jayyousi
List of abbreviations
Islam and water management: Overview and principles
Naser I. Faruqui
Islamic water management and the Dublin Statement
Odeh Al-Jayyousi
Islam and the environment
Hussein A. Amery
Water conservation through public awareness based on Islamic teachings in the Eastern Mediterranean region
Sadok Atallah
M. Z. Ali Khan
Mazen Malkawi
Water conservation through community institutions in Pakistan: Mosques and religious schools
S. M. S. Shah
M. A. Baig
A. A. Khan
H. F. Gabriel
Water demand management in Saudi Arabia
Walid A. Abderrahman
Sociocultural acceptability of wastewater reuse in Palestine
Nader Al Khateeb
Water rights and water trade: An Islamic perspective
M. T. Kadouri
Y. Djebbar
M. Nehdi
Ownership and transfer of water and land in Islam
Dante A. Caponera
Water markets and pricing in Iran
Kazem Sadr
Intersectoral water markets in the Middle East and North Africa
Naser I. Faruqui
Management of shared waters: A comparison of international and Islamic law
Iyad Hussein
Odeh Al-Jayyousi
Glossary of Arabic and Islamic terms 136(5)
Volume editors 141(1)
Workshop participants 142(3)
Index 145

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