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Chinese calligraphy imparts wisdom

  • Burhanuddin Abe

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 13 2010   /  10:46 am

There is no reason for the Republic of Indonesia to consider China an “enemy”.

Although there is a distinct difference in the mainstream culture of the two countries, it does not mean that both countries should avoid getting to know each other better.Furthermore, there is a similarity in the history of both countries, one of which is the Islamic influence, although in Indonesia Muslims make up the majority of the population while in China they are a minority.What is interesting is that Islam, which made its entry in China in the seventh century, has left its mark on Chinese civilization, which in later years shared similarities with Indonesian culture. Anthony Garnaut, an expert on the relationship between China and Islamic culture, wrote about the Islamic contribution to the country in The Islamic Heritage in China: A General Survey. In China, Islam influenced technology, sc...