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The Muslim clerics preaching for Indonesia’s peat

Indonesia is home to vast peatlands that have been widely degraded to grow crops, such as oil palm.

Can ‘green Islam’ help to restore the country’s peat to its former glory?

  • Dyna Rochmyaningsih
  • BBC

Every Thursday night, the men of Tanjung Makmur village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra gather in the mosque for sunset prayers.

Afterwards, they sit together to recite Surah Yasin, the 36th chapter of the Koran, which they believe sends prayers to the dead.

But on one December evening in 2019, in the ritual took an unexpected turn.

Mustangin, a local cleric, closed the prayers for the dead with a…

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