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Islamic university rector who restricted niqab becomes Indonesia’s ideology chief

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 11, 2020   /  01:06 pm
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Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University (UIN Sunan Kalijaga) rector Yudian Wahyudi was recently appointed as Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) chairman.(Tribunnews/-)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has appointed the rector of Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University, Yudian Wahyudi, as the head of the the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP), which is expected to promote  the values of Pancasila – Indonesia’s state ideology – particularly with the younger generation. He succeeded Yudi Latif, who stepped down in June 2018. BPIP vice chairman Hariyono held the position as acting chairman for 20 months before Yudian’s appointment. Yudian attended a pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Java and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Sunan Kalijaga University before obtaining his PhD at McGill University in Canada. As an Islamic scholar, he is known for progressive thinking that has challenged other intellectuals such as Nurcholis Madjid and Azyumardi Azra. Ujang Komarudin, the ...