Human that awareness level in regard to Islamic

Human induced environmental dilemma
are outpouring and increasingly upsetting not only ecosystem but human health
and well being. Available data shows that technical solutions have not
been resulting in adequate conclusions. Therefore, the most important question
to be answered is “how should human act toward the natural environment”. Among
theoretical deliberations, environmental ethics is getting more recognition to
find a proper solution for vast environmental degradation. The shaping of
behavior, values, approach, commitment and practice of human beings crucial to
preserve and protect the environment is firmly correlated with their belief,
worldview, tradition and culture. Hence, religion plays a significant role in
establishing new templates of attitude toward the environment. 

 

Recent scholarly concern in religions
and ecology proclaims the importance of religious models in understanding
humanity’s place in nature. although Islam presents comprehensive ethical values
on the environment, the current state which is seen in Turkey (as well
as in Muslim countries) shows an apparent negligence to environmental
issues. This study aims to determine awareness levels of Turkish students
regarding Islamic environmental ethics and respective observance levels. 50
subjects participated in this survey from 5 different faculties (Medicine,
Engineering, Education, Divinity and Tourism) of Akdeniz University Antalya. Questionnaire for
this survey consist of three sections aiming to measure knowledge and
awareness of Islamic ethics concerning Environment, Turkeys present harsh environmental
condition and observance levels regarding environmental concern among
university students. Results shows that awareness level in regard to
Islamic environmental ethics and Turkey’s environmental condition is
pretty high but the observance levels are not satisfactory.  This gap
between awareness and observance levels analyzed with the help of three
hypothesis questions.. First reason for this disagreement is that Turkish students
view environmental problem as less significant than the other issues like unemployment,
terror, political instability and educational system.  The second reason
being Diyanet is not fulfilling its duties towards raising
awareness of Islamic ethics in regard to environmental protection and
third argumentation is students are failing to incorporate environmental ethics
into their daily routine.

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