Earthquakes, Volcanoes and God: Comparative Perspectives from Christianity and Islam

Chester, David K. and Duncan, Angus M. and Speake, Janet (2019) Earthquakes, Volcanoes and God: Comparative Perspectives from Christianity and Islam. GeoHumanities: Space, Place and the Humanities. ISSN Print ISSN: 2373-566X (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

This paper asserts that both Christian and Islamic traditions of faith affect the ways in which people both try to make sense of, and respond to, disasters. This contention is supported by the results of empirical research, which demonstrates that differing Islamic and Christian perspectives on human suffering caused by disasters are neither as diverse, nor are they so intractable, as is commonly supposed. Today pastoral convergence between the two traditions may also be discerned, together with a general acceptance of the policies of both State agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) which are concerned with hazard relief and the propagation of policies of disaster risk reduction (DRR). Indeed some important disaster relief NGOs have emerged from Islamic and Christian faith communities and are supported by charitable donations.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article accepted for publication in GeoHumanities: Space, Place and the Humanitie. When published, the final version will be available from http://www.aag.org/cs/publications/journals/gh
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Geography and Environmental Science
Depositing User: David Chester
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2019 09:28
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2019 09:28
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2883

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