Jakarta. As Indonesia celebrates its 72nd anniversary on Thursday (17/08), hardline Islamist groups in the largest Muslim-majority country seem to be tightening their grip on society. Their ability to mobilize masses, marginalize minority groups and engender narratives of intolerance, poses a serious challenge to Indonesia's long-standing model of religious moderation and secular, democratic tradition. In one of the most notable recent developments, the hardline groups scored a victory for their Muslim candidates in Jakarta's gubernatorial election in April. According to many observers, the poll was tainted by one of the most divisive and polarizing campaigns in the history of the country, where 87 percent of the 250 million population identify themselves as Muslims. Don't Go West Now that the Jakarta election is over and Indonesia is heading to its next presidential vote in 2019, everyone is looking to see how the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo can stick to a … [Read more...] about Is Indonesia’s Unity Threatened by Hardline Turn?
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Taking on such complex issues as child marriage, waste recycling and literacy development, these five young people are really making the best of their youth. All 19-year-old university student Budi Santoso set out to do was to take a stand against child marriage in his hometown of Asahan, North Sumatra. Two years after he started an initiative called Rumah Caper, he has reached out to approximately 500 youths, with 30 volunteers currently in the roster. “The issue of child marriage is widely talked about in big cities, but it is a reality in the village where I come from. My own cousin got married at 17, and when she should have been playing or studying, she had to take care of her household and children,” said Budi, who is currently in his third semester at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University. According to Budi, 80 percent of the girls in his village drop out of middle school and get married before 18 due because of reasons as well as pressure from their … [Read more...] about Young changemakers awarded for innovative initiatives
Jakarta. Most Muslim teachers in Indonesia are intolerant of other religions and highly prone to radicalization, a recent survey showed. The results of a national survey by Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University's Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM), published on Tuesday, show that nearly 60 percent of Muslim teachers are intolerant, while about 46 percent had radical leanings. The PPIM conducted the survey between Aug. 6 and Sept. 6, randomly sampling 2,237 Muslim teachers from regular and Islamic schools across the country. Respondents were given an implicit bias test consisting of computer-assisted questionnaires that measured their levels of intolerance and radicalism. The center reported a 2.07 percent margin of error and a confidence level of 95 percent. The PPIM drew its conclusions from answers to several implicit bias questions that reflected intolerant attitudes and radical tendencies among teachers. When asked about … [Read more...] about Nearly 6 in 10 Indonesian Muslim Teachers Intolerant; Many Vilify Modern Science: Survey
Islamic organizations should make their own list of moderate preachers to promote religious moderation, a renowned Muslim scholar has said following the Religious Affairs Ministry’s release of a similar document. “The Indonesian Ulema Council [MUI] or other Islamic organizations should make their list, and they should cooperate with Islamic universities in making the list so that the names on it could be academically assessed,” Azyumardi Azra of the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta said as quoted by tempo.co. He said the preachers should meet certain standards and such requirements were needed to prevent provocative preaching. Preachers in countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Egypt, he added, must be licensed to give a sermon. “Indonesian preachers do not have to obtain a permit, but the freedom is often misused,” he said. The list of moderate preachers released by the Religious Affairs Ministry has stirred public debate, but … [Read more...] about List of moderate Islamic preachers needed: Scholar
Jakarta. Both the current president and his main rival four years ago send signals that they will face each other again in the 2019 presidential election. But who are their prospective running mates? President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is already supported by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), the Golkar Party, the United Development Party (PPP), the People's Conscience Party (Hanura), the National Democratic Party (Nasdem) and two new players on the political scene: the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) and the United Indonesia Party (Perindo). His competitor, retired general and chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto, seems to be still in talks to obtain an endorsement from the undecided — the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and the Democratic Party (PD). In order to compete, a presidential candidate has to be supported by a political party, or a … [Read more...] about Who Should Jokowi and Prabowo Choose as Running Mates?