PLURALITY, RELIGIOSITY, AND PATRIOTISM Critical Insights into Indonesia and Islam

Al Makin, . (2017) PLURALITY, RELIGIOSITY, AND PATRIOTISM Critical Insights into Indonesia and Islam. Buku, Cet. 1 (No. 1). SUKA-Press Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta. ISBN 978-602-1326-55-8

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This book is a collection of my writing, published originally in The Jakarta Post between 2006 and 2016 in response to various news developing in the media covering the themes of religion, politics, and society in Indonesia. Each short essay responded to a specific issue that was hotly debated across various media in Indonesia. The writing of columns, or op-ed articles, for publication in newspapers has a long history in Indonesia. My work is neither alone nor the first, but rather is part of a longstanding tradition. Let me explain this briefly. The writing and publication of columns offering scholarly perspectives pertinent to particular events or tragedies has been a tradition among Indonesian intellectuals since the late colonial period, when nationalist and religious leaders published their views and opinions in magazines and newspapers.1 In this vein, they tried to participate in directing the flow of information and shaping public awareness. Publication was one means by which they channeled their collective dream of establishing an independent nation. Sukarno is a case in point. He was active in writing on various topics relevant to Indonesian society in the late colonial period. His work was later compiled in the book entitled Di Bawah Bendera Revolusi (Under the Banner of Revolution) which was later banned by Soeharto during the New Order.2 The book was reprinted after the regime collapsed, as Indonesian society welcomed freedom of speech and democracy. Further, the famous debate between Sukarno and Natsir over the relationship between religion and the state, which culminated in the adoption of Pancasila as the state ideology, provides clues about the vital role the media played in nurturing public opinion and shaping nationalist awareness

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: PLURALITY, RELIGIOSITY, PATRIOTISM, Critical Insights, Indonesia, Islam
Subjects: Politik Islam
Divisions: Buku
Depositing User: Sugeng Hariyanto, SIP (
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 10:18
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 10:18

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