Eco-Religious Approach to Deforestation by Indonesian Istighosa Community

Wildana Wargadinata, Iffat Maimunah, Rohmani Nur Indah


This paper aims to explain the involvement of an istighosah community in environmental conservation in Indonesia. The data were obtained through the method of observing religious activities and conservation actions, interviewing the community leaders, and documenting the existence and activity of worshipers. The finding confirmed three aspects. First, the implementation of Sufism teachings is an alternative in nature conservation, not only aiming to meet the spiritual needs of pilgrims, but also fostering awareness of pilgrims to prevent damage to nature. Second, what is shown by pilgrims is very closely related to the human urge to always realize its basic capacity as a leader for nature. The forest is considered as a brother that the sustainability must be guarded, preserved, and guaranteed. Third, the teachings of Sufism become the basis for the group to act to be involved in caring for nature. This doctrine is inherited through formal media such as recitation and carried out in the form of direct action. Therefore, further studies are needed to explore the involvement of other religious organizations in the effort to conserve the environment in a sustainable manner


conservation; deforestation; eco-religious approach

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