Water and Scriptures

Ancient Roots for Sustainable Development

  • K. V. Raju
  • S. Manasi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. K. V. Raju, S. Manasi
    Pages 1-14
  3. M. A. Siraj, M. A. K. Tayab
    Pages 15-58
  4. Sudhakara Sharma, M. S. Shruthi
    Pages 89-172
  5. Manjeri Subin Sunder Raj
    Pages 173-217
  6. K. V. Raju, S. Manasi, Abdul Aziz, M. K. Ramesh, M. S. Shruthi
    Pages 219-245
  7. A. Ravindra, K. V. Raju, S. Manasi
    Pages 247-267
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 269-276

About this book


This collection of papers aims to draw lessons and apply indigenous knowledge, wisdom and cultural traditions to suit policy contexts describing the (a) role of individuals (b) communities, and (c) the state to ensure effectively manage water resources. Readers will discover ways in which water was conceptualized, conserved and managed. Contributions will also shed light on the historical, functional and futuristic perspectives of water resources management, and readers will be able to draw lessons and evolve policy guidelines.

There are some studies related to scriptures across religions and their perceptions regarding ecological conservation. However, religious studies and their socio-economic and environmental relevance to society, more specifically to the current policy contexts, are limited. This book attempts to bridge this gap, in terms of learning lessons from the past to effectively address the challenges of the present and future. The book will be useful for historians and research scholars studying the place of water in different cultures, water pricing and water sharing; as well as ecologists and environmental scientists. 


ancient scriptures environmental ethics sustainable water use cultural traditions environmental conservation Islamic, biblical and hindu scriptures technologies in water management ancient Indian civilization theology of nature

Editors and affiliations

  • K. V. Raju
    • 1
  • S. Manasi
    • 2
  1. 1.Policy and ImpactAsia Regional Program, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid TropicsHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Centre for Research in Urban AffairsInstitute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC)BengaluruIndia

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