The Island of Animals

Denys Johnson-Davies, Author, Denys Johnson-Davies, Adapted by, Sabiha Khemir, Illustrator University of Texas Press $30 (96p) ISBN 978-0-292-74035-8
The timely question of animal rights is expounded upon in this beautifully illustrated adaptation of an Islamic text written in Basra during the 10th century. Islam teaches that man is responsible for animals and should always treat them with respect; The Island of Animals asserts this concept through its account of a fabulous island inhabited only by animals and Djinn, a race of invisible beings, until the day a great storm shipwrecks men upon its shores. Soon men begin to use the animals living there for their own needs, but the animals rebel, taking their case to the Djinn. The King of the Djinn listens to testimony from both men and animals, and ultimately decides that man could be considered superior because he is the only creature granted a place in Paradise with the Almighty. But, he continues, although man is the master, other creatures are not his slaves, and any cruel behavior will be judged accordingly in the afterlife. Moving and educational, this fable is accompanied by superbly detailed black-and-white illustrations, including many full-page spreads. An important book that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike, and a reminder to all of the importance of humane treatment of animals. (June)
Reviewed on: 01/03/1994
Release date: 01/01/1994
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 96 pages - 978-0-7043-7016-6
Paperback - 76 pages - 978-0-292-74036-5
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