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Jakarta Post

Democracy, Islamic values aligned in RI, webinar hears

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano


Jakarta   /   Tue, October 20 2020   /  01:00 am
For peace and harmony – President Joko “Jokowi”Widodo discusses about moderate Islam and democracy, two Indonesia’s assets in its fight against terrorism, during his work visit in the UK on Tuesday local time. (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/-)

Democratic and Islamic values are intrinsically aligned in Muslim-majority Indonesia, experts and activists have said, amid growing concerns about a rise in religious conservatism that seeks to undermine the country’s democratic institutions. Muhammadiyah secretary-general Abdul Mu’ti said during a webinar over the weekend that he viewed democracy not only as a political system but also as a system of values, in which “prosperities” could be built upon. To wit, he identified three core values of democracy – emancipation, meritocracy and pluralism – and said they were aligned with Islamic values. “Emancipation puts emphasis on egalitarianism and humanism, while meritocracy also allows democracy to give room to appreciate achievements and ensure fairness [among people], and pluralism guarantees mutual responsibility, coexistence and co...