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Buddhist Rituals, Mosque Sermons and Marine Turtles: Religion, Ecology and the Conservation of a Dinosaur in West Malaysia

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-214
Number of pages19
JournalJournal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


As industrial civilisation presses on the limits of ecosystems, scientic
conservation requires new strategies to restrain the destruction or
modication of habitats and ecosystems in order to halt the decline in
biodiversity. Some advocates of community-based conservation strategies
propose that scientic conservation discourses and practices benet from
supplementation by ritual practices and traditional knowledge associated
with place-based religious traditions. Partnerships between conservation
scientists and religionists, which engage religious discourses and rituals in
local communities in the care of habitats and species, represent a signi-
cant reframing of scientic conservation. Hybrid forms of conservation
between science and religion manifest greater sensitivity to human
ecological relationships than conventional statist conservation strategies.
An example of such partnerships is the effort to conserve the endangered
leatherback turtle in West Malaysia.

    Research areas

  • Religion , ecology, tradition, Buddhism, Islam, Malaysia, leatherback turtle

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