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Jakarta Post

Caliphate still attractive to many students: Study

  • Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 1 2017   /  12:17 am

A considerable number of students across Indonesia adhere to the extreme belief that Indonesia should become an Islamic caliphate rather than remain a multi-faith republic, and many are even ready to go on jihad to fight for their religious beliefs, a study has revealed.

In what it dubbed an “alarming” phenomenon, the Alvara Research Center found that 18.3 percent of 2,400 high school students interviewed in the survey perceived an Islamic caliphate as the ideal form of government for Indonesia. About 17.8 percent of the 1,800 university students participating in the study was of the same opinion.

Even more alarming is that a larger number of the students — about 23 percent of both samples of high school and university students — said they were willing to go on violent jihad.

“This is a warning that we need to heed, especially the data showing that they are...