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DEMOCRACY AND ISLAM IN INDONESIA | Edited by Mirjam Künkler and Alfred Stepan

Their urgency and richness are particularly compelling in Indonesia, which is in the throes of one of the most hopeful if contested political transitions in the contemporary Muslim world. His account of debates over secularism, pluralism, liberalism, and Islamic law is without peer, and shows a keen understanding of the relevance of these ideas for political and ethical reform elsewhere in the Muslim world.

This superb book should be read by anyone interested in the ideas at stake in Indonesia and the varied contests animating modern Muslim politics everywhere. Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia. This landmark study provides a much needed re-reading and re-mapping of what interested but uninformed observers have understood only dimly and often through false dichotomies and stereotypes. Through this exemplary piece of sympathetic but critical scholarship, Kersten has provided an immeasurable service to Indonesian Islamic intellectuals and outside observers alike.

Subscribers receive exclusive discounts and early access to new books from Hurst. I consent for my email address to be transferred to Mailchimp. Also available on Oxford Scholarship Online. Editors of this volume argue that literature in political science on transition to, and consolidation of, democracy or varieties of possible democratizations in Muslim-majority countries remains less substantial if not impoverished; thereby, this volume is an academic endeavour to fill these gaps 3.

Religion, Culture, and Public Life

Based on the careful examination and thorough analyses of Indonesian experiences in handling political shift and in achieving democracy, the editors propose some theoretical foundations that underline 1 the compatibility of Islam and democracy, 2 the positive role of religion in global politics and public spheres, 3 the contribution of civil society in the democratization process, and 4 the possible collaboration of religious and secular forces as well as Muslim and non-Muslim elements in transforming a military dictatorial rule to a civilian democratic government.

What happened in Indonesia, surprisingly, was not a state disintegration but rather a solid democratic integration.

Democracies with Large Muslim Populations, Prof. Alfred Stepan, SOAS University of London

Edward Aspinall in this volume provides explanations of why and how Indonesia survived from separatism. This policy—and strategy—aimed at preventing the rebirth of provincial pro-independence sentiments and political movements that historically, since the country declared its independence, has tested the integrity of the Indonesian unitary state.

Muslims in the country are also more in favour of secular democracy than Islamic monarchy. Muslim parties of all kinds have lost support to fully national secular-based political parties The defeat of Islamic political parties does not mean that secular political actors have suppressed and isolated religious ones.


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In fact, during the New Order, it was only NU, especially during the late Abdurrahman Wahid, that became the strongest Islamic advocate for democracy. Muhammadiyah, conversely, instead of supporting non-state civil society groupings and criticizing the New Order, enjoyed patronage with the ruling government.


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As a result, this organization received advantages from the government such as funds to build its schools and other properties.