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Jakarta Post

Wahid: A 'prophet' welcomed abroad

  • Saidiman

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 28 2008   /  10:49 am

While within Indonesia, Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid may be ridiculed by both his opponents and former trusted friends and aides, internationally he is still highly respected. At an international conference on religious issues held a few months ago in Melbourne, Australia, the former Indonesian president and former chairman of the country's largest Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), received a glowing reception. Many participants and speakers from notable universities around the world praised Wahid as the ideal model of a traditional religious leader supporting the spirit of tolerance and peace. Prof. Muddathir Abdel-Rahim (International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization, Malaysia) said Wahid was a strong identity helping to combat the wrong perceptions about Islam. Prof. Abdullah Saeed (The University of Melbourne) supported this, sa...