The cultural background of the sustainability of the traditional farming system in the Ghouta, oasis of Damascus, Syria

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The cultural background of the sustainability of the traditional farming system in the Ghouta, oasis of Damascus, Syria
Author(s) Alhamidi, Sameer K ; Gustafsson, Mats ; Larsson, Hans ; Hillbur, Per
Date 2003
English abstract
This paper discusses the practical impact of a non-materialistic culture on sustainable farm management. Two elements are discussed: first, how deeply rooted religion is in this culture; second, the feasibility of using both human knowledge and experience, so-called tradition and divine guidance in management. Finally, the implications of the fusion of these two elements are drawn. The outcome is the capability of man to integrate ethical values into decisions and actions. This integration, when applied by skilled farmers, leads to a management of natural resources in an altruistic fashion and not merely to economic ends. Moreover, it makes agriculture meaningful and sustainable.
Publisher Kluwer Journals Online
Host/Issue Agriculture and Human Values;3
Volume 20
ISSN 0889-048X
Pages 231-240
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) alternative agriculture
tradition
sustainability
farm management
ethics
culture
religion
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/520 (link to this page)

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