Articulation of Islamic Values towards Sustainability of Natural Resources Management

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'Lawik sati rantau batuah' (ocean has fortune, land has sacredness) is a proverb that reflects how tribal communities in Minangkabau perceive the nature. It has cultural and religious meaning that united a paradigm of life. Two contradictory mainstreams are transcendental, representing Islamic value, and naturalistic, representing cultural value, living in harmony and balance. This mutual accommodation have completed each other to produce certain Islamic practices. It also enriches the Islamic pluralism that admits various interpretations and understanding.

A case study conducted in Sungai Pisang village that people continues the tradition of tolak bala, turun kalangan, and balimau to sacralize the nature-human relationship. This condition significantly influences community perspective and the sustainability of nature through community-based natural resources management that refers to Islamic understanding. A cross-culture communication study had implemented in this research to explore the articulation of Islamic value toward sustainability of natural resources in frame of cultural diversity. A dialog between two different poles processes human and nature relationship to be a unique dialectic that meets in interest of sustainability. The continuity of process draws community characteristics that appear in social behavior, perspective, and process of decision-making. This research used a purposive sample technique.

The research results showed the religious practice that is broken down from Islamic values could not separate from natural resources management practices and praxis. The culture-religious practices orient to face nature's uncertainty has an influence to communality of community. Sustainability of natural resources depends on the capacity of communities to sustain their culture-religious-ecological practices and praxis.


Keywords: Islamic Values, Minangkabau, Culture, Religious Practices, Sustainability of Natural Resources Management
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Nurza Realino

Staff, Head of training and development department, Groundwork for indoensian socio-ecological progress
padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia

He got bachelor degree is social of Islam that concerns in cross-culture communication study. His master is integrated natural resources management that focuses on socio-Theo-ecological issues. he tailors it as an alternative approach of solving nature catastrophe. The idea breaks down to an organization that named GORESS. The world of intellectualism and activism becomes area that competitions between them are not avoided. To create harmonization, ideally, they communicate their interest. various stakeholders appear on human and nature relationship. How do we do it? We have to create a space of communication where is information to understand are balance. the area and information also should be open access and well distribution.

Ref: I08P0480