Sustainability in its Historical Context

Sustainability in its Historical Context

[Proceedings of the conference 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World organised by FSTC, London, 25-26 May 2010]. Departing from a definition of sustainability as a concept that involves the management of resources with intergenerational equity in mind, with a deep cultural dimension, Dr Brennan investigates briefly examples from the past that may help us today to solve present problems in resources management. Those examples include water use in antiquity, the environmental concept of Hima in Muslim civilisation and ancient Chinese eco-engineering. They cast light on the ways in which we can learn from the history both in terms of our mistakes and past attempts at solving problems of sustainable development.

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