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Indonesia: Between a rock and a hard place?

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 5, 2020   /  01:25 pm
Indonesia: Between a rock and a hard place? Against radicalism: Thousands of students from the Semarang State University and representatives of universities across Central Java and Yogyakarta declare their faith in the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia and commitment to fight against radicalism in an event in Semarang. (JP/Suherdjoko)

We have a saying: Cacing saja kalau diinjak pasti menggeliat (even a worm will squirm when trodden upon). Well, we Indonesians are certainly not worms. Radicalism and Islamic conservatism have been on the rise for a while now, not just treading, but stomping on other people’s beliefs, customs, traditions and human rights. There’s always been resistance toward Islamic radicalism and conservatism, except that before it was simply a way of being: the moderate and inclusive Islam that Indonesia had long been famous for. Various institutions that promote religious tolerance, pluralism and human rights abound, for example, the MAARIF Institute, the Indonesian Conference on Religion and Peace, the Wahid Institute, the Leimena Institute and several Muslim feminist NGOs such as Fahmina, Rahima and Puan Amal Hayati. Even the two largest Muslim organizations in Indone...

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