Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Islam and Food and Agricultural Ethics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_255



The Islamic religious tradition was founded in western central Arabia by the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century CE, based on oral recitations that he received which he and his followers believed to be from Allah/God. Islam is an Arabic word meaning “submission,” in this context to Allah, whose recitations to Muhammad by means of the archangel Gabriel continued for some 22 years and were known as the “Qur’an,” meaning divine “recitation.” Although the Prophet Muhammad was himself not literate (“able to read”), his followers eventually gathered the recitation chapters, known as Suras, into a canonical (“official, sacred”) text which has descended since the founding period as the principal resource for Muslims (those who have “submitted” to Allah) to understand and obey their branch of ethical monotheism preceded by Judaism and Christianity with all three tracing their lineages back to the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of Colorado at BoulderBoulderUSA