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Foreign Islamic groups 'influence' Indonesian campuses

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Members and sympathizers of the now disbanded Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia stage a rally in Jakarta in 2017. (JP/Ibrahim Irsyad)
Ivany Atina Arbi
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Jakarta   ●   Fri, June 28, 2019

A recent study by the Nahdlatul Ulama University’s research center (LPPM UNUSIA) has found that transnational Islamic movements have long had influence in state universities, blocking access for non-Muslims or other minority groups to important positions and influencing decision-making.

Among the transnational Islamic movements are the Muslim Brotherhood-inspired Jemaah Tarbiyah and the radical organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), which endorses the implementation of Islam in government and society.

The LPPM UNUSIA, therefore, urged moderate Islamic organizations on campuses to stem the influence of the exclusive groups to create a more tolerant and inclusive educational environment.

The research, which was conducted in December and January at eight state universities in Central Java and Yogyakarta, revealed that Jemaah Tarbiyah and HTI had b...

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