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Mainstreaming radicalism — lessons of the West

  • Florian Vernaz
    Florian Vernaz

    Advisor to Singapore-based government affairs and political risk consultancy Vriens & Partners

Singapore | Fri, February 17, 2017 | 09:11 am
Mainstreaming radicalism — lessons of the West More than 500,000 people flocked to the National Monument (Monas) square in Central Jakarta starting Friday morning, Dec. 2 2016, to participate in a demonstration to push for the immediate arrest of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama over alleged blasphemy. (Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

PREMIUM Religion is one of the five pillars of Pancasila, the philosophical foundation of the Indonesian state. Indonesia is praised as the perfect example that democracy and religious faith are indeed compatible. Under the leadership of the country’s two largest religious organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), political Islam has historically rhymed with tolerance and integrity. The ...

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