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Islam, democracy and the 2009 elections

  • Ahmad Suaedy

Jakarta | Tue, April 21 2009 | 02:16 pm

PREMIUM In his book Islam in Indonesia in the Twenty-First Century ( 2008 ), Fred R. Von der Mehden argues that Indonesia has a Muslim majority and is democratic, although time is needed before this democracy stabilizes. However, it is more than enough to confirm that Islam and democracy are compatible. Quick count estimates on the 2009 elections indicate that Islamist political parties (those ...