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Jakarta Post

Defending Islam Nusantara

  • Deny Hamdani


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 8, 2019   /  06:06 pm
Defending Islam Nusantara President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (far left) delivers a speech during the national meeting (munas) of the Nahdlatul Ulama clerics at Miftahul Huda Al-Azhar Islamic boarding school in Citangkolo, Banjar, West Java on Feb. 27 (Antara/Adeng Bustomi)

Hundreds of Muslim youth raised a variety of concerns on the new wave of religious puritanism and Islamism in early February. They found such ideas have affected many important parts of their lives, particularly regarding religious or cultural-based practices and political ideology. The forum was called Rapimnas Pejuang Islam Nusantara (National Leaders Meeting of the Defenders of Islam of the Archipelago), with most participants culturally affiliated with Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country’s largest Islamic organization that coined the “Islam Nusantara” concept. Interestingly, most participants had never met before, only engaging with each other on social media. This offline meeting allowed them to voice their aspirations and concerns on the changing social and cultural constellation. I attended this meeting and interviewed some of them, finding that ...

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