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Jakarta Post

Insight: Is Hizbut Tahrir a threat to Indonesia?

  • Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman

Singapore   /   Thu, June 20 2019   /  12:21 am

Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) is one of the leading radical organizations in Indonesia. The group’s notoriety grew in 2017 when the government banned it through a decree signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for opposing the state ideology Pancasila and seeking to establish a caliphate. While the ban was supported by some within Indonesia, others have argued that this measure limits freedom of speech in Indonesia and hence is viewed as an attempt by the government to silence dissent. My own research on HTI suggests that regardless of the ban, HTI was a movement on a decline. HT was founded in 1953 with the aim of setting up an Arab caliphate in the Levant area with the aim of emancipating Palestine. In Indonesia, the seeds of HT were sown by Abdul Rahman Al-Baghdadi, a Lebanese born Australian who was invited to teach at the famous Al-Ghazali Islamic boarding house established b...