cover image Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet

Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet

Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, foreword by Congressman Keith Ellison, Berrett-Koehler, $16.95 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-1-60509-464-9

"How we manage waste, watts, water, and food should reinforce the moral foundations of our communities...ensure economic and social justice [and create] the freedom to transform our pollution-based ‘gray' economy to one sustainable and ‘green.'" Environmental policy consultant and youth organizer Abdul-Matin shares his love of the Earth, which he describes as a mosque, in his first book, a guide to environmentalism that speaks to Muslims in their own terms. Defining a Deen as a path, the author clearly demonstrates how environmentalism fits into the goals and ethics of Islam. Abdul-Matin seamlessly intertwines personal experiences with religious doctrine and environmental information. The author focuses on several facets of human impact—waste, energy, water, and food—and includes discussions of green jobs, political systems, and greenwashing. Though topics will not be new to those who have read secular books about green or simple living, Muslims will appreciate Abdul-Matin's clarity in relating steps to Islam, often providing quotes from the Qur'an (though tips will apply equally to non-Muslims). Less a lecture than an invitation to introspection, Green Deen is a welcome hybrid, providing a glimpse into conservation through the lens of religion. (Dec.)