Why Islamists Go Green

Emmanuel Karagiannis

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Investigates the environmental policies of transnational and militant Islamist groups

  • Examines and compares the environmentalism of transnational groups that have been labelled as extremist or militant: the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Hamas, Hizbullah, Al-Qaeda and ISIS
  • Covers different thematic areas, including land and water management, trees, animal issues, energy and pollution
  • Seeks to expand research into Islamist environmentalism through the combined lens of political science and Islamic studies

From North Africa to Indonesia, Muslim populations have struggled to cope with the new environmental realities. In the era of globalisation, however, Islamists are increasingly addressing green issues and suggesting policies to help protect the environment. Delving into the causes of this new environmentalism phenomenon, Emmanuel Karagiannis explores the motivations of different Islamist groups and assesses the degree of influence that Islamic texts, rulings and principles have on the green policies pursued.

Series Editor’s Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgements

1 Islam and the Environment
2 Muslim Brotherhood and the Environment
3 Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Environment
4 Hizbullah and the Environment
5 Hamas and the Environment
6 The Jihadi-Salafi Movement and the Environment
7 Understanding Islamist Environmentalism

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Why Islamists Go Green is the first study of its kind to comprehensively examine the Islamist movements – the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Hizbullah, Hamas, and jihadist-Salafi groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS – and their relationship to the environment.
Laura Wickström, The Donner Institute

The book provides a fascinating glimpse into the unique world of Islamist groups and how they can shed light on universally relevant questions: how are environmental problems framed? How are solutions pursued at the global vs local levels?

Charlotte Hulme, United States Military Academy, International Affairs Vol. 100, No. 1

Karagiannis’s well-researched work outlines Islamist approaches to environmental issues. Its analysis of six organisations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah and ISIS, shows that political self-interest, rather than a theological rationale, drives the shift to environmentalism. This excellent volume enriches our knowledge of Islamist ideas and policies and exposes the secular motivations behind the religious veneer that overlays them.

Katerina Dalacoura, London School of Economics

Drawing on his extensive experience as a political scientist studying Islamist movements, Emmanuel Karagiannis has expanded his research with an examination of their wider agendas through the lens of eco-theology. By addressing this largely understudied aspect of Islamist activism and ideology, Why Islamists Go Green provides a welcome addition to the literature on militant political Islam.

Carool Kersten, Kings College London
Dr Emmanuel Karagiannis is a Reader in International Security at King’s College London’s Department of Defence Studies. He is the author of The New Political Islam: Human Rights, Democracy and Justice (The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) and Political Islam in Central Asia: The Challenge of Hizb ut-Tahrir (Routledge, 2010).

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