chapter  8
9 Pages


WithRosemary Hancock

Many Muslim environmentalists share with both the secular environmental movement and Islamic movements a harsh critique of contemporary global capitalism. The Islamic faith of Muslim environmentalists motivates, reinforces, and is in turn bolstered by their involvement in environmental activism. The processes of 'frame transformation' and 'belief amplification' are widely used by Muslim environmentalists and are incredibly useful to activists when trying to align their religious and political beliefs. The utilisation of Islamic ritual, symbol, and narratives in Islamic environmentalism is not an indication of religion being 'co-opted' to the services of political action. Environmental activism is important to the religious lives of Muslim activists because it is a way in which they are able to 'live out' their religious and moral values in daily life. The activists have an affective and normative commitment to Islam and its teachings, and an Islamic practice.