Eco-Religious Teachings and Environmental Sustainability

An Analysis of Workability of Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s ‘Eco-Spirituality’ in the Context of Bangladesh

  • Md. Abu Sayem The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Dhaka University; University of Vienna
Keywords: Eco-religion, Eco-ethics, Eco-Islam, Ecology, Environment, Sustainability, Nasr

Abstract

The present research project aims to make Bangladeshi people more aware of human-nature relationship so that they can work from their own levels for the environmental sustainability. This study focuses why eco-religious understanding is necessary to work for environmental sustainability and how it can contribute as an alternative approach to reducing the present ecological crisis. Here Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s eco-spiritual approach is used as a tool to do so. This research investigates why Nasr’s eco-Islamic understanding and prescription seem significant for Bangladeshi people and how these can be implemented to reduce the environmental issues in Bangladesh. In terms of methodology, it is an analytical study based on reviewing Nasr’s eco-religious vision and examining its applicability in Bangladesh. As a result of this study, readers can instill a deeper awareness of human-nature inseparable relationship in their mind, which convince them to manifest its essentiality in their practical behaviors with the natural world. As the project connects Seyyed Hossein Nasr’s eco-religious teaching with the present environmental problems of Bangladesh, its prime result will be motivating Bangladeshi people from grassroots levels to maintain ecological equilibrium by diverting their attention from the mechanistical and materialistic view to an organic view of the environment. Alongside these, the project will enrich the current discussions on the role of religions in environmental sustainability from a Bangladeshi perspective.

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