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Jakarta Post

The roots of terrorism in Indonesia

  • Khairil Azhar

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 30 2009   /  12:41 pm

Several scholars have expressed concerns over the rising of Puritanism and fundamentalism among young Muslims in Indonesia. Some have even come to the conclusion that many young Muslims have received misinterpretations of Islam. The confession of captured terrorists is often shocking for mainstream Muslims, who believe the criminals' faith deviates from Islamic teachings. So, how could these misinterpretations happen and why? In the Indonesian context, the first possible answer is the presence of many young Muslims from clandestine, puritan and fundamentalist movements. Many also come from Wahabism, which is based on teachings that are mostly imported from the Middle East. What this young generation fails to understand then is how Indonesia has its own localized Islam that for a long time ensured peace and prosperity within its multicultural society. But with the ideology ...