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Dawam Rahardjo: Fighting for pluralism to the end

  • Ika Krismantari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 25 2012   /  10:20 am

JP/Ika KrismantariNo individuals or organizations — or even old age — can stop Muslim scholar Dawam Rahardjo from spreading the spirit of pluralism.

The figure who struggles for the rights of minorities in the world’s most populous Muslim country continues to dedicate himself to the cause and dares to challenge everyone and  everything trying to prevent him from striving to create peace among religions in Indonesia.

Even now, at almost 70 years of age, Dawam is still fighting the battle despite his worsening health.

The founder of the Institute for Religious and Philosophy Studies (LSAF) has refused to succumb to old age and diabetes that have taken their toll on his eyesight and his ability to walk.

“I am still doing some monitoring with LSAF. I am also involved in the filing of a judicial review against the blasphemy law as well as taking part i...