Plants Compatible with Islamic Values in the Malay Landscape at City of Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia
This study was accomplished to delve the compatibility of Malay landscape with the Islamic values for landscape in city of Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia. Islamic religion has expended to Tanah Melayu since long ago had conquered Malay society’s culture and surrounding. The characteristic in Islam that can tolerate with many kind of culture make it easily to accept this religion through culture assimilation among Malay society. The occurrence of assimilation of Islamic values has changed many aspects of their way of life either directly or indirectly, including the landscape surrounding. In Kota Bharu city, the Islamic values is eagerly developed by Kota Bharu Municipal Council-Islamic City, including the progressing attempting by inserting Islamic motif in their city landscape. However, this attempt has much or less eroded the local Malay landscape. For example, the application of flora species mostly from the Middle East did change the environment of Malay landscape. As such, this study has been undertaken to unearth the compatibility of plants application with Islamic values in the Malay landscape. Interviews were conducted with few group of respondent to get information and identify people skills with regards to plants and Islam religion. Consequently, identifying functional of plant that compatible with Islamic values helps to preserve the Malay landscape and meanwhile protecting the natural heritage and its knowledge.