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Are homeschoolers prone to radicalism? Study highlights Salafism, exclusivity

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, November 30, 2019   /  07:42 pm
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A student studies with a tutor at her home in this file photo.(AFP/Theodore Lim)

Indonesia has seen numerous terror attacks in the past decades, but the church bombings in Surabaya, East Java, last year marked the first time in the country that a whole family, including four children, were involved in carrying out an attack. Information surrounding the family soon filled the news, including reports that the parents had told other people that they had homeschooled their children. Police, however, refused to use the term homeschooling, insisting instead that the children had only received indoctrination from their parents at home. The revelation prompted researchers at the Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) to assess the vulnerability of homeschooled students to radicalism. A qualitative and in-depth study was carried out by the researchers between August and September this year on 53 home...