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Jakarta Post

Indonesian moderation and ‘Indonesianness’

  • Haedar Nashir


Yogyakarta   /   Fri, December 27, 2019   /  04:57 pm
Indonesian moderation and ‘Indonesianness’ Showing solidarity: Riau Police chief Insp.Gen. Nandang signs a banner, where Riau University academicians express their commitment to fight against intolerance, terrorism, and radicalism. (JP/Rizal Harahap)

Indonesia recently endured an apparent state of emergency with regard to radicalism, which along with terrorism have become major issues and served as justification for acts to control. Narratives to watch out for “jihadists”, “caliphate”, “Wahhabists” and others along with various deradicalization policies have filled public spaces. The subject of mosques, campuses, state-owned enterprises and even early childhood educational institutions being exposed to radicalism, is so openly brought to light in society that it gives rise to a nationwide controversy. If the concept of radicalism is linked with what was referred to by Omer Taspinar (2015) as “violent movements” like in the various cases of bombings, physical assault and all kinds of violent acts in Indonesia, it can be understood as an objective outlook and reality. Religious r...

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