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Jakarta Post

Moderate Islam and the future of Indonesia-Saudi Arabia cooperation

  • Achmad Ubaedillah


Riyadh   /   Fri, March 26 2021   /  01:00 am
King Salman (second left) and Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center) walk under umbrellas during heavy rain at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on March 1. Salman arrived in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation on Wednesday as a part of a multi-nation tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia. AP/Pool/Achmad Ibrahim(AP/Pool/Achmad Ibrahim)

The commitment of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to the promotion of moderate Islam in Indonesia has made him a distinct leader. For the first time in the history of Indonesia, a president has shown concern about the importance of moderate Islam for the nation’s development. It is not a call for Indonesian Muslims only but also the Muslim world, especially after Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi included the promotion of moderate Islam among the priorities of Indonesian foreign policy. The world, with moderation and tolerance, as Jokowi envisions, suits Saudi Arabia’s struggle against extremism and terrorism under the banner of Islam. Therefore, the notion of wasathiyatul (moderate) Islam could be a better backbone for diplomatic relations between the two nations.     Indonesia and Saudi Arabia share the challenge of turning the Muslim worl...