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Fatwa and reviving literacy

  • Muhammad Nazil Iqdami
    Muhammad Nazil Iqdami

    PhD student researching digital literacy at the Faculty of Education, Monash University

Melbourne | Fri, June 16, 2017 | 08:23 am
Fatwa and reviving literacy MUI chairman Ma’ruf Amin officially handed over the social media fatwa to Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara in a ceremony on June 5 2016. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

PREMIUM I was enjoying the pre-dawn meal before fasting when I read that the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI) had just released a fatwa guiding the use of social media in Indonesia. This fatwa or edict came in response to the increasing amount of hoaxes and hate speech that are mostly distributed through social media. As a Muslim and an educator, I am excited but cannot help questioning, why now? What&rsq...

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