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Jakarta Post

How harmful is HTI to Indonesian pluralism?

  • Moh. Iqbal Ahnaf


Yogyakarta   /   Fri, June 28, 2019   /  11:51 am
How harmful is HTI to Indonesian pluralism? Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia members and sympathizers of Islamic organizations from Greater Jakarta stage a rally to protest the 2017 Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) on Mass Organizations in Jakarta. (JP/Ibrahim Irsyad)

Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman’s article “Is Hizbut Tahrir a threat to Indonesia?” which appeared in the June 20 edition of The Jakarta Post shares some important insights about Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) that could be disheartening for Hizbut Tahrir activists if true. First, Nawab suggests there has been a rupture in Hizbut Tahrir’s international structure due to the recent exodus of its central leaders and other key figures in many countries. However, Nawab does not provide any examples of these leaders but suggests that the rift is a result of Hizbut Tahrir’s alliance with anti-Assad militant groups in Syria. Second, this decline, according to Nawab’s observations, is also taking place in Indonesia. Nawab does not specify when the HTI started losing ground, but he believes that the expansion of Hizbut Tahrir has been mostly exaggerat...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.