Water Management in Islam

Synopsis

In the Middle East and North Africa, water is rapidly becoming the key development issue. The region has one of the highest population growth rates in the world and scarce natural water supplies. In this region and others, policy makers have often proposed or even tried to implement policies such as higher water tariffs or privatization without considering local culture and values. Yet culture, including religion, clearly influences how people perceive and manage a resource, such as water. In addition to supporting large minorities following various faiths, the region is home to 300 million Muslims. Therefore, developing an understanding of the Islamic perspective on proposed water management policies is a key for sustainable and equitable development for Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and elsewhere.This volume presents Islamic perspectives on a number of proposed water-management policies, including water demand management, wastewater reuse, and higher tariffs. The book opens avenues for a wider dialogue amongst researchers working at identifying the most promising water management policies, adds to our knowledge of some of the influences on formal policy and informal practice, and makes these ideals available to a broader public. It serves as a concrete example of the benefit of examining development in the context of values and culture. Its also dispels common misconceptions about the Islamic view on water management practices such as selling water and wastewater reuse.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Caroline Pestieau
  • Naser I. Faruqui
  • Asit K. Biswas
  • Murad J. Bino
  • Odeh Al-Jayyousi
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2001