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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (November 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605094641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605094649
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

"How we manage waste, watts, water, and food should reinforce the moral foundations of our communities...ensure economic and social justice and create the freedom to transform our pollution-based 'gray' economy to one that...is sustainable and 'green.'" Environmental policy consultant and youth organizer Abdul-Matin shares his love of the Earth, which he describes as a mosque, in his first book, a guide to environmentalism that speaks to Muslims in their own terms. Defining a Deen as a path, the author clearly demonstrates how environmentalism fits into the goals and ethics of Islam. Abdul-Matin seamlessly intertwines personal experiences with religious doctrine and environmental information. The author focuses on several facets of human impact-waste, energy, water, and food-and includes discussions of green jobs, political systems, and greenwashing. Though topics will not be new to those who have read secular books about green or simple living, Muslims will appreciate Abdul-Matin's clarity in relating steps to Islam, often providing quotes from the Qur'an (though tips will apply equally to non-Muslims). Less a lecture than an invitation to introspection, Green Deen is a welcome hybrid, providing a glimpse into conservation through the lens of religion.
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'Ibrahim Abdul-Matin's deep connection with Islam and the environment helps to make his book clear, easy to read, balanced and convincing.' - Harfiyah Abdel Haleem, Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences, UK 'Ibrahim-Abdul Matin not only shows the myriad ways American Muslims are contributing to the resolution of the environmental crisis that threatens us all, but he goes a long way toward humanizing the Muslim community by sharing with the reader the lives of so many extraordinary, talented and visionary people.' - Imam Zaid Shakir, cofounder, Zaytuna Institue 'Green Deen shows how the authentic religious values and practices of Islam should lead to a wholesome, healthy and compassionate lifestyle that benefits all living things. Abdul-Matin writes in accessible, intelligent and motivating language, making this an excellent book for all readers.' - Ingrid Mattson, PhD, President, The Islamic Society of North America --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this book as an easy read that will help inspire all to Go Green!
Ravi
In Green Deen, Mr. Abdul-Matin does an excellent job of connecting one's faith and spirituality to the concommitant responsibility to take care of the planet.
Jesse BK
So often does the world play second fiddle to more political issues....but this book brings the environment back to the forefront.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Beatty on April 28, 2011
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In Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet, Ibrahim Abdul -Matin attempts to show how an environmentalist/conservationist belief system and lifestyle are "deeply imbedded in the Muslim tradition from a variety of perspectives." Abdul-Matin is an American-born Muslim who attended Hamza Yusuf's new Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California before returning to his native New York to further his education and pursue work in line with his family tradition as a community activist or policy advisor. His thesis is that six Islamic ethical principles or ideas form a framework of an environmentalist ethos. The six principles he addresses are tawhid, which he describes as the Oneness of God and which he often expounds in a sense of the interconnectedness of all subjects of Creation, ayat, or the idea of signs of God being everywhere including in humanity and nature, khalifah, which he views as the idea of humans as stewards of the Earth, amana, described as a divine trust for humanity to protect the planet, adl, interpreted in context as a call toward just use of resources and treatment of Creation, and mizan, explained as living in balance with the whole of Creation.

After a nice forward by Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison, Abdul-Matin divides his discussion into four main parts: waste, energy, water and food. For each, he briefly outlines the environmental issues and tries to show how American Muslims are working to solve these issues by highlighting certain individuals as examples. He also sometimes refers to hadith or Qur'anic verses or in some other way tries to connect one or more of the six principles (tawhid, ayat, amana, adl, khalifah, and mizan) to solutions.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ubaid on November 8, 2010
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As a Muslim American, I am ecstatic to read a post-9/11 published book about Islam & Muslims that doesn't mention 9/11 once. Islam is so multi-faceted. Muslims are multi-talented. This book presents a new perspective that hasn't been heard before in the mainstream. The media needs to stop saying "where are the moderate Muslims?" Here they are - authoring books about Islam and the environment. Great work!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marlee on November 12, 2010
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Green Deen is a call to action for all people. I think protecting the planet requires an "all hands on deck" approach. So, the green movement has to speak to the needs of everyone. What do business owners need to hear to go green? What about teachers? In this book, Ibrahim presents the "why" to people of faith. It's compelling, interesting, and makes me reflect on why exactly I get excited about going green.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ravi on November 10, 2010
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"Going Green" is not a new idea but Green Deen reinvents the concept by tying religion into the process. Religion adds a fresh new perspective that reinforces the duty each and every individual has in protecting the planet. By quoting passages from the Qur'an, the book makes genuine arguments to empower people with the knowledge to "Green their Deen." The short stories and flashbacks into history will also keep you entertained. I highly recommend this book as an easy read that will help inspire all to Go Green!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sherine on December 2, 2010
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Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, author of "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet," uses narratives, research, and scripture to show a long standing connection between Islam and active environmentalism. In his book, Abdul-Matin creates a step by step guide for American Muslims looking to green their everyday lives. He emphasizes that living a "Green Deen means understanding that God created us directly from the Earth and that we must do all that we can to take care of it, protect it, and manage all of its bounty in a sustainable way" (p. 6). Abdul-Mattin takes this a step further by outlining four ways in which an American Muslim can attain living a "green deen": "waste, watts (energy), water, and food."

The interesting thing about reading a book called "Green Deen" is that it makes a religious individual, of any creed, realize the intimate connection between being a steward of the earth and worshipping God. "Green Deen" is not a book that preaches about the greatness of Islam or any other religion, but rather encourages people of all religions to partake in a green movement i.e. to understand that taking care of our planet is a religious obligation.

The book is ground breaking in its nature because it asserts that our similarities do not stem from our understandings of what God is or is not, but rather of our collective connection to the Earth (p.16). It is for this reason that a green movement is the best of its kind for bringing about interfaith dialogue and action. The author poses a compelling argument for bridging the gap between spirituality and environmentalism.

Abdul-Mattin's style is informative and engaging. His use of honest narratives makes his approach to greening the planet more relatable and applicable. Overall, "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet" is a great read for anyone looking to incorporate "Green Living" into their religious and spiritual outlook of the world.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By darren on November 15, 2010
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thoughtful and well researched, this book collects with great energy a lot of the most up to date ideas about a greener planet through the prism of islamic faith. all around solid and rewarding read, and an inspiring new perspective on an important subject!
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More About the Author

"I was born in the middle of a blizzard. I love every season because each comes with its own blessings. I love cats and spiders. My wife thinks I'm crazy when I talk to them. I love my wife. The planet is my home, and yours too. Together, we can protect, maintain, and respect it. How we treat the planet is a reflection of how we treat ourselves. And that's why I'm a pedestrian. There's nothing better than walking on the Earth as God intended."

For the past ten years, Ibrahim has been a passionate voice for transforming our pollution based way of life to one that prioritizes our planet and its people. He is author of the new book, "Green Deen: What Islam Teaches About Protecting the Planet," published by Berrett-Koehler.

Ibrahim's dedication to the environment is rooted in his Deen - his religion of Islam. Ibrahim is an environmental policy consultant and has worked with Green for All, Green City Force, Interfaith Leaders for Environmental Justice, the Prospect Park Alliance, and the New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability.

Ibrahim is also a youth organizer and co-author of "Future 500: Youth Organizing and Activism in the United States." He is the brains behind the blog, Brooklyn Bedouin and media personality on WNYC's nationally syndicated radio show, The Takeaway.

To learn more about Ibrahim and/or his book, "Green Deen," please visit:
1) www.GreenDeenBook.com
2) www.GreenDeenBlog.com
3) www.BrooklynBedouin.com
4) www.facebook.com/greendeen
5. www.twitter.com/ibrahimsalih





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