human as Muslim countries) shows an apparent negligence

 human induced environmental problems areoutpouring and progressively affecting not only ecosystem but human health andwell being. Available evidence shows that technical solutions have not beenresulting in adequate conclusions. Therefore, the most important question to beanswered is “how should human act toward the natural environment” .Among theoretical deliberations, environmental ethics is getting morerecognition to find a proper solution for vast environmental degradation.

The shaping ofbehavior, values, approach, commitment and practice of human beings crucial topreserve and protect the environment is firmly corelated with their belief,worldview, tradition and culture. Hence, religion plays an significant role inestablishing new templates of attitude toward the environment. Recentscholarly interest in religions and ecology proclaims the importance ofreligious models in understanding humanity’s place in nature. While Islam presents comprehensive ethicalprinciples on the environment,  the present situation which is seen in Turkey (as wellas Muslim countries) shows an apparent negligence to environmentalissues. this study aims to determine awareness levels of Turkish students regarding Islamic environmentalethics 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 tomeasure knowledge and awareness  of Islamic ethics concerning Environment,Turkeyspresent harsh environmental condition and observance levels regardingenvironmental concern among university students. results shows thatawareness level in regard to Islamic environmental ethics and Turkeysenvironmental condition is pretty high but the observance levels are notsatisfactory.

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  this gap between awareness and observance levels analyzedwith the help of three hypothesis questions.. first reason for thisdisagreement is that Turkish students view environmental problem as lesssignificant than the other issues like  unemployment, terror , politicalinstability and educational system.  the second reason being Diyanet isnot fulfilling its duties towards raising awareness ofIslamic ethics in regard to environmental protection  and third argumentationis students are failing to incorporate environmental ethics into their dailyroutine.


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