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Jakarta Post

Emha Ainun Najib: Delivering the message of peace

  • Alpha Amirrachman


Deventer, The Netherlands   /   Sat, October 18 2008   /  11:16 am
EMHA AINUN NAJIB: (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)(JP/R. Berto Wedhatama)

EMHA AINUN NAJIB: (JP/R. Berto Wedhatama) When a group of priests from the Dutch Protestant Church approached renowned Indonesian poet and Muslim scholar Emha Ainun Najib to ask him to stage a performance of his musical band Kiai Kanjeng in The Netherlands, Emha did not think twice about accepting. The offer was made not long after the release of Geert Wilder's controversial movie Fitna. "They wanted us to help reduce the tension and enhance understanding among religious communities," Emha told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of Kiai Kanjeng's performance at the Islamic Cultural Center in Deventer, The Netherlands. He acknowledged there was a section of the Muslim community that spoke the language of intolerance and that was committed to acts of violence against those whose religions or opinions differed from theirs. "The world has see...