February 9, 2009

Water Management in Islam

The Middle East and North Africa have one of the fastest population growth rates in the world. However, natural water resources in the region are scarce, and water is quickly becoming a key issue in the region's further development. Many tactics have been used to try to regulate water use in the region, but none of these have considered the cultural or religious practices of those who live there. The region is home to numerous cultural, ethnic, and religious groups, but at least 300 million of these are Muslims. Without a clear understanding of Islamic perspectives on water resources, attempts at managing and regulating water use in the Middle East and North Africa will be unsuccessful. This volume includes studies of a number of proposed water management schemes. These include initiatives to reduce water demand, reuse and recycle wastewater, and increasing tariffs for water use. This book is interesting because it points out the intersection between formal policy making and informal negotiations. It will also be interesting to scholars studying water management in other regions of the world because it points out the importance of considering culture and values when establishing policies concerning development.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Water Management in Islam
edited by Naser I. Faruqui, Asit K. Biswas, and Murad J. Bino
TD 313.5 .W38 2000