Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #21: Islam Nusantara As A Promising Response To Religious Intolerance And Radicalism


by Ahmad Najib Burhani

Trends In Southeast Asia 2018 #21: Islam Nusantara As A Promising Response To Religious Intolerance And Radicalism

Price:  US$6.48   (SGD9.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 29 pages
Published:  2018, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789814843201
SB#:  062219 (131)

About This Book

The Indonesian government has tried to defeat terrorist groups and uproot radicalism, both through military and cultural-ideological approaches. The recent attack at Mako Brimob Depok, West Java, and the bombing in Surabaya, East Java, however, have shown that radical Islam and terrorist groups are not defeated yet. The government has been supporting Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) in promoting Islam Nusantara, widely believed to be the ideological antidote for radicalism and terrorism. Among Indonesian Muslims, including NU, Islam Nusantara has received varied responses and been met by resistance. The introduction of Islam Nusantara is further hampered by the attitude of some of its proponents who emphasize its exclusivity by identifying Islam Nusantara only with NU. Barring its current limits, Islam Nusantara has the potential to become an exceptional form of Islam or a template for tolerant Islam that can be emulated by Muslims in other parts of the world, especially in terms of its ability to accommodate local culture and multiculturalism.


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