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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 30, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2010

Christine E. Gudorf
Pages 19-38

Water Privatization in Christianity and Islam

THIS ESSAY EXAMINES GLOBAL WATER PRIVATIZATION EFFORTS IN LIGHT of the environmental teachings of both Islam and Christianity, proposing that although environmental ethics is more developed within Christianity, Islam offers more ethical sources for thinking about water due to the arid climate in which Islam developed. Furthermore, this essay advocates full-cost pricing as necessary to attain closed loop water recycling, maintains that full-cost pricing does not further disadvantage the poor, and argues that full-cost pricing more easily fits Muslim and Christian moral imperatives than present water policies do.

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