This latest issue of IAIS Malaysia’s flagship journal, Islam and Civilisational Renewal (ICR), contains seven substantive articles, all with actionable policy recommendations, in addition to three viewpoints, eleven significant event reports and speeches, and a book review. I am confident that our readers will benefit from this expert body of work, characterised by honest scholarship, depth of learning and originality of thought.
Our lead article is by Daud Abdul-Fattah Batchelor (Visiting Fellow, IAIS). Entitled ‘Islamic Perspectives on Reducing Meat Consumption to Promote Earth’s Sustainability,’ it presents an Islam-orientated exploration of the debate surrounding animal slaughter and environmental degradation. Outlining the negative environmental consequences of excessive meat consumption, Batchelor appeals to the fiqhi principle of reducing harm to argue that Muslims should limit their meat consumption. He recommends that: 1) Muslims consider becoming vegetarian, a lifestyle choice compatible with the example of the Prophet and his Companions, who rarely ate meat; 2) even while advocating reduced meat consumption, policymakers should remain mindful of the one-third of the world’s surface that is capable only of supporting animal agriculture; 3) governments use taxation to increase meat prices as a means of encouraging environmentally-friendly dietary decisions; and 4) qualified mujtahids determine whether reduced red meat consumption can be made legally recommended (mandub) for Muslims, including in the context of animal sacrifice.