Track 10: Islamic Response to the Global Ecological Crisis
This track will discuss how spiritual and intellectual accumulation of Islamic tradition can nurture, today, a constructive environmental consciousness and ethics. A particular attention will be paid to the practice and message of the Prophet of Islam, contemporary Muslim thinking about ecological problems, and the possibility of a dialogue between the Whiteheadian process thought and Sufi metaphysics.
Other Tracks in this Section
- Track 1: A New WAY for a New Day
- Track 2: Christian Process Theology
- Track 3: Islam and Whitehead in Dialogue
- Track 4: Reclaiming Love for Paradise Here and Now
- Track 5: Reading the Bible for the Sake of the World
- Track 6: Reimagining and Mobilizing Religious Traditions in Response to the Eco-Crisis
- Track 7: The Jewish Contribution to Ecological Civilization
- Track 8: The Role of Whitehead in Indigenizing Christianity
- Track 9: Thomism and Whitehead: Partners or Opponents?
- Track 11: Can Mormonism Contribute to Ecological Civilization?
Professor of Muslim Studies
Özgür Koca spent ten years of his life teaching physics, mathematics and astronomy in different countries. After years of quantitative research he decided to journey to new perspectives in the fields of philosophy and religion. His studies in these diverse fields allow him to draw on the resources of science, philosophy, and theology to develop a constructive Islamic theology that can address the burning ethical, spiritual, political, and religious issues Muslim societies face today.
His studies focus on Islamic Philosophy-Theology-Spirituality, Science and Religion Discussion, Environmental Ethics, Interreligious Discourse, and Contemporary Islamic Movements and Ideologies.
He is on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals including Science, Religion, and Culture; and Journal of Dialogue Studies. He is a sought after speaker on topics ranging from science-and-religion discussion to religious extremism. He has a deep commitment to students and dedicated to the craft of teaching. As an activist he organizes and guides interfaith-intercultural dialogue trips to European, Middle Eastern, and South Asian countries and writes for local and international newspapers on current issues concerning religion and society.