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Introduction to Special Issue

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For religious Muslims, preventing climate change and loss of habitat can be thought of as the preservation of God’s revelation. This essay provides an introduction to how Islam is engaged in protection of the environment, analyzing the four essays in this special issue.

1. fn11) Even so, its annual output of 538,000 kilotons of CO2 is only double that of Pennsylvania, while Iran’s population is six times greater; and of course, Iran’s output pales in comparison with 5.5 and 7 million kilotons for the United States and China respectively. All carbon emission data is cited from the World Bank. accessed on Feb. 26, 2012.
2. fn22) For a comparison, consider that this number is approximately double the carbon footprint of the Pennsylvania State University, where I work. Penn State has been steadily reducing its greenhouse gases, down to 460 kilotons in 2010. See accessed on Feb. 26, 2012. This calculation does not include the carbon load of university-related travel.

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Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 406 Weaver Building, University Park, PA 16802, USA, Email:, URL:


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