Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Evaluating Islamic Environmental Initiatives in Indonesia

Greetings from the Department of Political & Social Change
at the Australian National University in Canberra, where PHD student Sofiah Jamil is speaking on "Necessity over Norms: Evaluating Islamic Environmental Initiatives in Indonesia". Sofiah has also produced a booklet "Faith and Nature: An Eco-Guide to Greening Faith Communities" with Farheen Mukri (2013) in the Singapore context. 

Sofiah pointed to work on linking Islam to environmental issues, but noted that much were focusing on human benefits from a better environment. An example of the latter is Dariah, Salleh and Shafiai (2016) looking at an Islamic approach to sustainable development.

It occurs to me that there would be parallels with Islamic Banking. An example is
Masukujjaman, Siwar, Mahmud and Alam's (2016) work on green and Islamic banking in Bangladesh. In 2008 I attended the Malaysian Corporate Governance Conference at the Securities Commission, Kuala Lumpur, the regulator for Islamic capital markets in Malaysia.

Also in 2012 I talked on "Sustainable Development Through Green ICT" at UIN Suska University of Riau, Pekanbaru, Indonesia.

References

Dariah, A. R., Salleh, M. S., & Shafiai, H. M. (2016). A New Approach for Sustainable Development Goals in Islamic Perspective. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 219, 159-166. Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/H-12-2015-0085

Masukujjaman, M., Siwar, C., Mahmud, M. R., & Alam, S. S. (2016). Bankers’ perception of Green Banking: Learning from the experience of Islamic banks in Bangladesh. Retrieved from
 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Syed_Alam17/publication/295907181_GEOGRAFIA_Online_TM_Malaysian_Journal_of_Society_and_Space_12_issue_2_144_-153_Bankers'_perception_of_Green_Banking_Learning_from_the_experience_of_Islamic_banks_in_Bangladesh/links/56cffd9408aeb52500c9b61a.pdf

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