The Role of the Islamic Education Subject and the Local Tradition in Strengthening the Nationalism of the Border Society
Temajuk village is one of the areas in the district of Sambas, West Borneo which is a bordering are with Malaysia. Its location that is far from the center of government and close to the territory of another country can, to some extent, threaten the border society's nationalism. Through a qualitative approach, this study examined the role of the Islamc education subject (PAI) and the local tradition (saprahan) in strengthening the nationalism of the border people. The results showed that at least there are three teaching materials of Islamic Education (PAI) relevant to the values of nationalism i.e., democracy, tolerance, and unity and harmony. Such materials have a strategic role in providing nationalism reinforcement of students at a senior high school level. Meanwhile, the saprahan tradition which has been held fast by Temajuk people showed that their nationalism principles are contained therein, i.e., unity, equality, and performance. The tradition also has a social function for the inhabitants of Temajuk to fulfill their basic and secondary needs.