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May 22, 2015

Landscapes of Environmental Prayer: Shifting Dedication

This four-part essay presents new terrain for the dedication of traditional prayers in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, Indonesia. Comprising one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet with its vast forests and oceans, Indonesia also faces some of the most drastic global environmental challenges today. While prayers related to natural phenomena such as drought/rain and earthquakes are outlined in classical manuals of fiqh (jurisprudence), Muslim Indonesians now self-consciously recast older forms of devotional prayer (such as Arabic-language salawat and dhikr, often dedicated to the Prophet Muhammad) so that they are performed for the sake of environmental well-being.

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