Animals' Lawsuit Against Humanity An Illustrated 10th Century Iraqi Ecological Fable

ISBN-10: 1887752706

ISBN-13: 9781887752701

Edition: 2005

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Description: In this interfaith and multi-cultural fable, eloquent representatives of all members of the animal kingdom--from horses to bees--come before the respected Spirit King to complain of the dreadful treatment they have suffered at the hands of humankind. During the ensuing trial, where both humans and animals testify before the King, both sides argue their points ingeniously, deftly illustrating the validity of both sides of the ecology debate. The ancient antecedents of this tale are thought to have originated in India, with the first written version penned in Arabic sometime before the 10th century in what is now Iraq. Much later, this version of the story was translated into Hebrew in 14th century France and was popular in European Jewish communities into the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This exquisitely illustrated English translation is useful in introducing young and old alike to environmental and animal rights issues.

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Fons Vitae of Kentucky, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 170
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034

Rabbi Anson Laytnertranslated the Hebrew version of this story found in Jerusalem into English.Seyyed Hossein Nasris the author of over thirty books Islamic studies, comparative philosophy and religion, philosophy of art and the philosophical and religious dimensions of the environmental crisis.Rabbi Daniel E. Bridgehas been the executive director of the Hillel Foundation for Jewish Campus Life at the University of Washington for 17 years. He has previously served as assistant director of Pacific Southwest Council for Reform Judaism, member of the California State Commission on the Changing Family, and board member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

D.M.R. Bentley is a professor of English at the University of Western Ontario. He is the editor of Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews and the author of numerous books and articles on Canadian and Victorian poetry.

Preface: A Note to the Reader about this Tale
Cast of Characters
The enslavement of the beasts by the humans and how the beasts brought suit against humanity in the Court of the King of the Spirits
The consultations of the King with his ministers, sages and judges; the secret gatherings of the humans by themselves; and of the animals by themselves
The beasts send emissaries to the other species to ask for help in their lawsuit against the humans
The dispute between the animals and the humans at King Bersaf's Court, and the arguments made there by both parties
The conclusion of the lawsuit and the verdict of King Bersaf
Concluding Prayer
Afterword and Sources
On treating Creation compassionately
Jewish Sources
Islamic Sources
Rabbi Anson Laytner
Rabbi Daniel E. Bridge
Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Kulsum Begum
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