Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

3 Shifting Notions of Nature and Environmentalism in Indonesian Islam

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter traces global ideas of nature in Islam and analyses local developments in environmentalism in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country. Islam is based on the concept of the oneness of God (tawhid), the essence of Islamic monotheism. The Qur'an highly values natural resources, especially trees and water. It is noticeable that in Islamic tradition the himā areas the local population protects, contribute to the health of the environment. In the context of environmentalism, the cosmic balance between God, humans and nature is often addressed to highlight their responsibility. Miri argues that science and modernisation are inevitably leading to the destruction of philosophical, cultural and spiritual elements, so that the essence of humans is reduced to purely materialistic and scientific matters. The textual culture of the pesantren, readings of traditional texts do complement environmental practices. However, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) also established special departments to tackle climate change.

Keywords: cosmos; environmentalism; Indonesian Islam; NahdlatulUlama (NU); pesantren



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Environmental and Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation