TOWARDS ECOLOGICAL SPIRITUALITY: A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MODEL FROM TRADISIONAL SHRIMP FARMERS IN SIDOARJO CITY

Eko Asmanto, A. Miftakhurrohmat, Dwi Asmarawati (2016) Towards Ecological Spirituality: A Sustainable Development Model From Tradisional Shrimp Farmers In Sidoarjo City

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ABSTRACT

In the contemp orary study of ecology, there seems to be an exaggeration of the distinction between ecology and spirituality, science and religion, spirituality and religiosity, not only to the point of separation, but gives rise to a va lue judgment between ecology and s pirituality. Could this be a sign of the persisting Western hegemony to the differentiation between science and religion? This article suggests that the understanding of ecological spirituality and its relevance to sustainable development as disparate enti ties may be necessary in some societies, but not sufficient for a global perspective. Could be an integrative model for an inclusive exchange in ecological spirituality? Basing itself particularly within the ecological crisis in several embankments of shri mp farmers in Sidoarjo city, East Java, this article develops an Islamic model of ecological spirituality that attempt to be, at the same time, parsimonious and comprehensive, which includes critical construct like Islamic eco - theological principles. Ecolo gical spirituality is suggested to be similar to Al - ‟Amiri‟s concept of the virtues of Islam, having a fourth dimensional movement marked by ideological, worship, transactional and legal dimension.

Keywords : ecospirituality, ecotheology, sustainable develo pment, Islamic ecology, religious dimension