The 1000-year-old Muslim Perspective on Meat Eating | Religion Dispatches

The 1000-year-old Muslim Perspective on Meat Eating | Religion DispatchesLast week’s Sightings newsletter notes that a recent New York Times essay contest on the ethics of meat eating doesn’t deal with religion in any meaningful way:

[The winning] essay makes its arguments without referring to religion. Yet for many vegetarians and meat-eaters, one’s diet and its ethical implications is based on religious law, or one’s spirituality. In fact, some of the most ardent defenders of meat-eating and vegetarianism have been revered religious figures. Religions have dietary laws that stipulate what can and cannot be eaten, and how one is to eat what is permissible.

It is an astute observation, and one that was recognized on RD in an essay by Beatrice Marovich, which offers a reading of morality and meat through religion. What I find fascinating in the Sightings piece is the allusion to the Rasa’il Ikhwan as-Safa (The Epistles of the Brethren of Purity).

via The 1000-year-old Muslim Perspective on Meat Eating | Religion Dispatches.

Author: ismailimail

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  1. Ethics of meat eating means ethics of practices of killing animals to satisfy human taste buds. Are these practices are ethical? What is the position of religion on this particular issue?. Religion does allow practices of killing animals without talking to pain and suffering of animals being killed. Please explain.


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