1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology

Edited By Willis Jenkins, Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim Copyright 2017
    464 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    462 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The moral values and interpretive systems of religions are crucially involved in how people imagine the challenges of sustainability and how societies mobilize to enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being.

    The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology provides the most comprehensive and authoritative overview of the field. It encourages both appreciative and critical angles regarding religious traditions, communities, attitude, and practices. It presents contrasting ways of thinking about "religion" and about "ecology" and about ways of connecting the two terms. Written by a team of leading international experts, the Handbook discusses dynamics of change within religious traditions as well as their roles in responding to global challenges such as climate change, water, conservation, food and population. It explores the interpretations of indigenous traditions regarding modern environmental problems drawing on such concepts as lifeway and indigenous knowledge. This volume uniquely intersects the field of religion and ecology with new directions within the humanities and the sciences.

    This interdisciplinary volume is an essential reference for scholars and students across the social sciences and humanities and for all those looking to understand the significance of religion in environmental studies and policy.

    Part 1 Introducing Religion and Ecology

    1. The Movement of Religion and Ecology: Emerging Field and Dynamic Force Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim

    2. New Developments in the Field Sigurd Bergmann

    3. Whose Religion? Which Ecology? Willis Jenkins


    Part 2 Global Traditions Introduction: Mary Evelyn Tucker

    4. Hinduism David Haberman

    5. Buddhism Christopher Ives

    6. Confucianism Yong Huang

    7. Judaism Hava Tirosh Samuelson

    8. Christianity Ernst Conradie

    9. Islam Zainal Bagir and Najiyah Martiam

    10. Bahai Peter Adriance and Arthur Dahl

    11. Mormonism George Handley

    Part 3 Indigenous Cosmovisions Introduction: John Grim

    12. Africa Jesse Mugambi

    13. Asia Dan Smyer Yu

    14. Pacific Region Manuka Henare

    15. North America Melissa Nelson

    16. Arctic Frederic Laugrand

    17. Latin America Miguel Angel Astor-Aguilera

    Part 4 Regional LandscapesIntroduction: Willis Jenkins

    18. India Christopher Key Chapple

    19. China James Miller

    20. Latin America Anna Peterson

    21. African Diaspora Melanie Harris

    Part 5 Nature Spiritualities

    Introduction: John Grim

    22. Paganism and Animism Graham Harvey

    23. Spiritual Ecology and Radical Environmentalism Leslie Sponsel

    24. Nature Writing and Nature Mysticism Douglas Christie

    Part 6 Planetary Challenges

    Introduction: Willis Jenkins, University of Virginia

    25. Climate Change Mike Hulme

    26. Biodiversity Thomas Lovejoy

    27. Oceans Carl Safina and Patricia Paladines

    28. Conservation and Restoration Gretel van Wieren

    29. Food and Agriculture Whitney Sanford

    30. Water Christiana Peppard

    31. Animals Paul Waldau

    32. Population Robert Wyman and Guigui Yao

    33. Consumption Laura Hartman

    34. Gender Injustice Heather Eaton

    35 Environmental Justice David Pellow and Pengfei Guo

    Part 7 Disciplinary Intersections Introduction: Mary Evelyn Tucker

    Environmental Humanities

    36. History Donald Worster

    37. Literature Scott Slovic

    38. Philosophy Baird Callicott

    39. Art Subhankar Banerjee

    Environmental Sciences

    40. Policy Maria Ivanova

    41. Law John Nagle

    42. Economics Richard Norgaard with Jessica Goddard and Jalel Sager

    43. Ecology Nalini Nadkarni


    Willis J. Jenkins is Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Environment, University of Virginia, USA.

    Mary Evelyn Tucker
    and John Grim are Directors and Founders of the Forum on Religion and Ecology 1998 to present, as well as Senior Lecturers and Research Scholars at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and at the Divinity School, Yale University, USA.