Animals in Christian and Muslim Thought

Creatures, Creation, and Killing for Food

Authored by: Carl Tobias Frayne

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138592728
eBook ISBN: 9780429489846
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429489846-21

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Abstract

This article is a comparative study of the place of animals in Christianity and Islam. It seeks to debunk some of the misconceptions on these two monotheistic religions about their views of animals and stresses the great concern displayed for non-human creatures in their sacred scriptures. I argue that the anthropocentric biases that have invaded Christian and Muslim thought are incompatible with the central tenets of the Abrahamic worldview. Focusing upon the similarities between these two traditions and laying the emphasis on the moral teachings that are sympathetic to the animal cause, I hope to show that Christianity and Islam can be sources of inspiration for our relationship with our fellow creatures.

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