Muslim theologians and clerics are fast developing an environmental ethic based on ancient Islamic principles and practices drawn from the Qu'ran and the people of the Arabian desert. In this program in our Inside Islam series we report on the Greening of Islam. E.O. Wilson in the introduction to his latest book, The Creation, urged the leaders of all world religions to put the environment on the top of their agendas. Muslim theologians and clerics are responding in kind, developing Islamic guidelines and initiatives based on their reading of the Qu'ran and an ancient Islamic environmental ethic that began in the Arabian desert. There's even a Green Party, the PKB or National Awakening Party, in Indonesia that's working to amend the constitution to make the right to a clean environment a fundamental human right. A moratorium on logging has been proposed, a plan to develop forestry, and, in Java, there's an environmental madrassah where the children chant, "one earth, for all."
- Fazlun Khalid, founder and director of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES), author of Qur'an, Creation and Conservation, editor of Islam and Ecology.
- Saleem Ali, associate professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, visiting fellow at the Brookings Research Center in Doha, Qatar, author of Islam and Education: Conflict and Conformity in Pakistan’s Madrassahs