Models of religious solidarity among various beliefs in Sabah, Malaysia

Mohd Nazmi Mohd Khalli and Suraya Sintang and Khadijah Mohd Khambali @ Hambali and Syamsul Azizul Marinsah and Nur Farhanah Abdul Rahman (2021) Models of religious solidarity among various beliefs in Sabah, Malaysia. Journal of Contemporary Islamic Studies. pp. 17-40. ISSN 2289-9634 (P-ISSN) , 0128-0902 (E-ISSN)

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This article describes the current question that reflects the Sabahan communities who love peace and hate hostility in inter-community relations of different religions. The essence of religious solidarity reflected through the togetherness of different religious communities is one of the manifestations of Malaysian society’s attitude that loves peace and hates enmity. The focus of this discussion was explained through the mixed-faith families and integrated relationship between the local communities of other faiths found around Sabah. The research was based on interviews, text content analysis, and field observations. The results show the function of religion as a strong catalyst of social integration which triggers the spirit of solidarity. This is clearly described through the attitude of togetherness within the intercommunity relations in Sabah that comfortably opt for peace and reject hatred and enmity. As this attitude is rooted in the values of patriotism, nationalism, and sense of belonging which are included in al-tadamun and al-takaful, the Sabahan society is often described as tolerant, easy to accommodate, and open in facing situations and challenges among believers of different religions. This study concludes that religious solidarity needs to be nurtured to ensure continued harmony in the Malaysian community.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Religious solidarity models , Various beliefs , Social integration , Social cohesion , Peaceful coexistence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion > BL1-2790 Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT51-1595 Communities. Classes. Races
Department: CENTRE > Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
Depositing User: DG MASNIAH AHMAD -
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2022 15:50
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2022 15:50

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