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Jakarta Post

Pesantren Law another notch in NU’s belt

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 22, 2019   /  09:19 am
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Hundreds of 'santri' (Islamic boarding school students) on Monday celebrated National Santri Day with a flash mob forming a picture of former president B.J. Habibie.(JP/Aman Rochman)

Over the past few days, santri (Islamic boarding school students) across the country have held parades and celebrations in honor of the upcoming National Santri Day on Tuesday.  In Blitar, East Java, thousands of santri held a march on Saturday while carrying posters bearing slogans “Let’s become santri!” and “Proud to be a santri!” In Malang, meanwhile, santri celebrated with a flash mob forming a picture of former president B.J. Habibie on Monday. This year, only the fourth ever observation of Santri Day, santri and pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) have an additional reason to celebrate: the recent passing of the Pesantren Law.  The law represents another win for the Islamic mass organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which operates most of the ...