Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Stephanie Rowe

Second Advisor

Paul Gordon

Third Advisor

Leslie Irvine

Fourth Advisor

Cathy Comstock


The Qu’ranic scriptures that are the foundation of Islam advocate an environmental ethic that enjoins worship with compassion towards and the protection of non-human animals. Later texts in the Islamic tradition, however, demonstrate this theocentric environmentalism with less consistency. As a result, the non-human animals of the Muslim world are often treated in ways incompatible with Islam’s core principles. Since there is limited research on the human-animal relationship available in English, this paper aims to help fill the gap in scholarship by providing an overview of Qu’ranic expectations for how humans are to interact with other animals in the context of modern findings in science and theory.