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Vortrag und Diskussion: Islam in Indonesia and its Current Position in Politics

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10.02.2020, 6 PM | R. 3.005, Nassestraße 2

Vortrag und Diskussion: Islam in Indonesia and its Current Position in Politics

Imam Shamsi Ali

Speaker: Dr. Imam Shamsi Ali, Founder and President of Nusantara Foundation New York City, US

In general, Islam’s spirits in politics can be illuminated through the role of religion in human life. Religion is tightly connected to human and its culture. Religion involves values, aspirations, a life vision, a search for meaning in individual’s existence, fear of death, concern about right and wrong, spiritual accomplishment, friendship and wonder at the nature of life.

Indonesia as the third-largest democratic country in the world, proves the compatibility of Islam and democracy. Islam in Indonesia places huge interest particularly in policies, political discussion, including in the election of provincial and municipality level. Political Islam has strengthened tremendously over the last two decades in Indonesia. The latest event was the faith politics exploded 212 movement. Now, political parties are aiming to get more votes by showing how Islamic they are, and it is changing Indonesian political identity.

The blossoming of a more conservative Islam in Indonesia speeded after the overthrow of Suharto in 1998. What followed was a federalist opulence that gave local government newfound authority.

Indonesians Islamist believe that Islam should have a benefited position in public life vis-à-vis all other faiths, a principle that may have broad and consequential effects in various policy domains. Meanwhile, secularist favor a clear separation between Islam and the state. Among these two poles, individual-level outlooks vary as to whether Islam should role a more or less prominent in Indonesian politics.

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