Abstract—Species diversity has been the hallmark of biosphere and invaluable resource for human being as well as for the natural environment. In order to appreciate and conserve these diverse species which are constituents of nature, different values from different frames of references have been proffered. This study examines biological diversity from the Qur’anic perspective in an attempt to explicate the kinds of value conferred by the Qur’an on non-human species, particularly among the animals and plants. Collating ayat (verses) of the Qur’an related to nonhuman species and analyzing key conceptual terms the Qur’an employs in reference to their diversity, the study found that nonhuman species are presented in the Qur’an as signs of God and as communities of worshipers worthy of existence and conservation.
Index Terms—Environmental ethics, biodiversity conservation, nonhuman animals, Qur’anic ecology.
A. K. H. Solihu is with Islamic Studies in the Department of General Studies, Faculty of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences, International Islamic University Malaysia, P. O. Box 10, 50728, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite:A. K. H. Solihu, "Valuing Biodiversity: A Qur'anic Account," International Journal of Environmental Science and Development vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 244-250, 2014.