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Animals in the Qur'an

By: Sarra Tlili(Author)
298 pages, 1 map
Animals in the Qur'an
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  • Animals in the Qur'an ISBN: 9781107529915 Paperback May 2015 Usually dispatched within 6 days
  • Animals in the Qur'an ISBN: 9781107023703 Hardback Oct 2012 Usually dispatched within 6 days
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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, Animals in the Qur'an also makes a persuasive case for animal rights from an Islamic perspective.


1. Animals outside Islamic tradition
2. Exegesis, exegetes and relevant notions
3. Are they inferior?
4. Depiction of nonhuman animals in the Qur'an
5. The status of humans in the Qur'an

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Sarra Tlili is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Florida.

By: Sarra Tlili(Author)
298 pages, 1 map
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"Animals in the Qur'an is a thought-provoking invitation to consider the past history and future potential for religious traditions to argue for the nature, worth, and rights of the animal world as well as the role of pre-modern theology in our contemporary turn to ecology."
- Marginalia

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