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Commentary: Can Jokowi stem the tide of Islamic populism?

  • Ary Hermawan

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, October 25, 2017 | 08:36 am
Commentary: Can Jokowi stem the tide of Islamic populism? Thousands of anti-Ahok Muslims participate in a protest on Jl. Merdeka Timur in Jakarta on Oct. 14, 2016. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

PREMIUM There is no escaping the wave of Islamic populism that is now sweeping the country and is set to play a key role in the upcoming legislative and presidential elections.

The old-fashioned political Islam that places the idea of establishing a sharia state as its core ideology and main selling point is over. For many Muslim voters today — like the angry white voters of Donald Tr...