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Author Tlili, Sarra, 1964-

Title Animals in the Qur'an / Sarra Tlili
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012
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Series Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization
Cambridge studies in Islamic civilization.
Contents Cover; Animals in the Qur'an; Dedication; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; PART I: CONTEXT; Introduction; THE ANIMAL QUESTION; 1 Animals Outside Islamic Tradition; ANIMALS IN LATE ANTIQUITY; Traditional justifications for nonhuman animals' assumed inferiority; Animals in Judaism; Other animals' status; Other animals' welfare; Other animals in rabbinic literature; Animals in Christianity; Animals in Buddhism; Animals in Jainism; Contemporary ethical and philosophical considerations; Utilitarianism and the principle of equal consideration
Animal rights and the inherent value approach2 Exegesis, Relevant Notions, and Exegetes; GENERAL FEATURES OF QUR'ANIC EXEGESIS; Tradition-based versus opinion-based exegesis; Linear approach; Relevant notions; Anthropocentrism; The Great Chain of Being; Hierarchy and egalitarianism; THE EXEGETES; Al-Tabari; Fakhr al-Dīn al-Rāzī; Al-Qurtubī; IBN KATHĪR; PART II: ANIMALS IN THE QUR'AN; THE QUR'AN; NONHUMAN ANIMALS OF ARABIA; QUR'ANIC ANIMAL THEMES; 3 Are They Inferior?; SUBJECTION AND SERVITUDE; Tadhlīl and related themes; Material benefits; Aesthetic benefits: wherein is beauty for you
Appendix Two: List of Animal Categories in the Qur'anBibliography; Primary Sources; Hadīth; Arabic Lexicons; Other works; Secondary Sources; Index
Religious benefitsConclusion; Taskhīr; Taskhīr in extra-Qur'anic sources; The concept of taskhīr in the Qur'an; Permanence of taskhīr and tadhlīl; THE RODENT AND THE PEOPLE OF SHEBA. The Qur, an says:; The scope of taskhīr and tadhlīl; Goal of taskhīr; Conclusion; Istikhlāf; CONCLUSION; Maskh (metamorphosis); An'ām's imperfection; Inability to understand (human) language; Obsession with carnal desires; Lack of reflection; Conclusion; 4 Depiction of Nonhuman Animals in the Qur'an; UMAMUN AMTHALUKUM (PEOPLES LIKE YOU); Animals in relation to God; Creation and sustenance; Attention and control
Signs of creationDeliberate choice of camels; An'ām; Bees; THE QUR'AN SAYS:; Inside the world of nonhuman animals; Spirituality; Language and intelligence; Morality; Inspiration; Resurrection; Taklīf; Perspective; Evaluation of the exegetes' views; 5 Humans in the Qur'an; HUMANS' STATUS; Tafdīl; Tafdil and fadl in Arabic lexicons; Fadl and tafdil in the Qur'an; Amāna; The depiction of humans in the Qur'an; Qur'anic criteria for assigning status; Conferred status; Earned status; Conclusion; Appendix One: List of Nonhuman Animal Species in the Qur'an
Summary "The Islamic tradition has always held animals in high esteem, deserving the same level of consideration as humans. The Qur'an opines that 'there is not an animal in the earth nor a flying creature flying on two wings, but they are people like you'. This fascinating and highly original book examines the status and nature of animals as they are portrayed in the Qur'an and in adjacent exegetical works, in which animals are viewed as spiritual, moral, intelligent and accountable beings. In this way, the study presents a challenge to the prevalent view of man's superiority over animals and suggests new ways of interpreting the Qur'an. By placing the discussion within the context of other religions and their treatment of animals, the book also makes a persuasive case for animal rights from an Islamic perspective"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Animals in the Qurʼan.
Form Electronic book
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1139526286 (electronic bk.)
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