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Conference: How do British Muslims understand, and engage with, environmental sustainability?

Please save the date for this collaborative conference, organised by the University of Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI), Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN) and The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). Full programme and Eventbrite registration to follow. 

How do British Muslims understand, and engage with, environmental sustainability? 

Monday 27th September, 2021, 9-5:30pm (GMT)

Online Conference 

Islamic beliefs can motivate sustainable practices and concern for the environment at the levels of the household, community and in the broader context of the world and our shared environment. Ideas of stewardship that are celebrated in Christianity and Judaism, are often overlooked in environmental scholarship in relation to Islam. Yet, the environmental messages of Islam are slowly being taken up by a new generation of British Muslim activists who have the credibility and knowledge to demonstrate in practical ways that being a good Muslim includes environmental responsibility and conservation of biodiversity.

Muslims in the United Kingdom face both socio-economic and socio-cultural marginalisation due to ethno-religious identities and migratory backgrounds. This societal marginalisation is reflected in research, policy, practice and engagement around what researchers call ‘pro-environmental behaviour’. Alongside experiences of structural inequality, the British Muslim experience is framed by religious practices and beliefs, and strong ethno-religious community ties.  

This conference brings together a unique mix of academics, policymakers and religiously motivated community activists and organisations to draw attention to how faith in Islam influences the practices, behaviours, and lifestyles of Muslims to care for the environment. Our discussions will focus on practical ways in which, often marginalised, Muslim voices can be included in wider debates around the environment, climate change and the green policy agenda.  

Conference Aims 

  • Recognize the ways in which Muslims engage in positive environmental practices. 
  • Explore how issues of sustainability and the environment relate to Islamic beliefs and practices. 
  • Engage in dialogue about how Muslims can meaningfully and purposefully be engaged in wider debates around issues of sustainability and the environment.   

Each of the collaborating organisations will host a panel of key speakers in the field of Muslims and environmental sustainability to address the following questions: 

  • How do Muslim’s experience and practice environmental sustainability in their everyday lives?  
  • How do British Muslims understand, and respond to, issues of sustainability and environmental concern through community activism? 
  • How can Muslim communities be involved in designing and implementing environmental policy and initiatives? 

Confirmed speakers include: 

Zara Mohammed, Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) 

Dr Davide Pettinato, Research Fellow on Muslims and Environmental Sustainability, University of Exeter  

Alessandra Palange, Extinction Rebellion – XR Muslims 

Rabiah Mali, Founder of Green Deen Tribe 

Rianne C. ten Veen, Author of 199 Ways To Please God  

Professor Jeremy Kidwell, University of Birmingham

Toward Inclusive Environmental Sustainability (TIES) Research Team, SCI, University of Manchester 

Best Wishes,

The MBRN Team