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Siaran Pers Pilkada Serentak 2020

“PENANGANAN COVID-19 MASIH PROBLEMATIK, LEBIH BAIK TUNDA PEMILU” Jakarta, 22 September 2020. Merespon polemik pelaksanaan dan penundaan pemilihan umum daerah serentak di Indonesia, sosiolog lembaga kajian demokrasi Public Virtue Tamrin Amal Tomagola menyatakan: “Kami mendesak pemerintah untuk memutuskan penundaan pelaksanaan pemilihan umum daerah serentak yang semula hendak diselenggarakan pada Desember mendatang. Penanganan COVID-19 masih sarat […]

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The thinking behind the man called Munir

“Islam is a religion of civilisation. Extremism and intolerance destroy civilisation. This is in contrast with the function of religion, which is to improve human life.” At a glance, you might think that these are the words of a philosopher or religious figure. But they are not. They are the words of Munir Said Thalib, […]

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Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 – The Three Streams Facing Indonesian Muslims: Pulls of Politics

Andar Nubowo and Jefferson Ng SYNOPSIS Indonesians are well-aware of the de facto alliance between presidential contender Prabowo Subianto and some Islamist groups. What are the likely effects of religious factors on the 2019 presidential election and how will they shape the future of Indonesian Islam? COMMENTARY HISTORICALLY ISLAM in Indonesia has led to the […]

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‘Anti-kafir’ politics in local elections: Jakarta and Medan cases

AE Priyono and Teresa Birks The politicization of religion in the Jakarta gubernatorial election isn’t without precedent. In Medan, North Sumatra, religious identity took on unprecedented importance in the 2010 mayoral election where it was used to undermine the legitimacy of mayoral candidate Sofyan Tan.