In recent years, worldwide attention to the protection of animals has risen dramatically. Unlike the global movement for human rights, the animal rights movement has remained confined within particular countries, or regional groupings, operating without the guidance of an international framework or generally agreed upon principles. In this decentralized system of animal rights protection, the influences of religion, culture, and history have a substantial impact on the well-being of animals. This talk considers the influence of the Muslim world on this movement, the role that it might play in its future, and addresses the fundamental question: Are animal rights Islamic?
Kristen Stilt, Professor of Law; Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Programs, Harvard University
NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
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