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Jakarta Post

Diaspora must promote peaceful Islam

  • Fachrizal Afandi and Muhammad Asad


Jakarta   /   Fri, March 22, 2019   /  11:19 am
Diaspora must promote peaceful Islam President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center, right) attends the 73th anniversary celebration of Muslimat NU, the women’s wing of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), in Jakarta on Sunday, Jan. 27. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Arifi Saiman from the Foreign Ministry wrote in this newspaper on Feb. 18 that Islam Nusantara (Islam of the Archipelago), the concept coined by the country’s largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), in its 2015 national congress, could become a valuable tool for citizen diplomacy to promote peace and to counter religious extremism and radicalism. Promoting Islam Nusantara abroad, Arifi argues, would elevate the role of Indonesia as the most populous Muslim-majority country to contribute to world peace and world order. We agree: The NU diaspora, specifically the members actively involved in special chapters of the NU (PCINU), could become the agents to popularize Islam in their surroundings. With its core value of adaptability to local cultures and wisdom, Islam Nusantara may be well received by the non-Muslim world. The rise of Islamophobia and right-wing...

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