Indonesian Pluralities: Islam, Citizenship, and Democracy

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About the Publication

The crisis of multiculturalism in the West and the failure of the Arab uprisings in the Middle East have pushed the question of how to live peacefully within a diverse society to the forefront. Against this backdrop, Indonesia—as the largest Muslim-majority country in the world and the third-largest democracy—has taken on particular importance. Some analysts say Indonesia offers proof of the compatibility of Islam and democracy, but sceptics argue that the growing religious intolerance that has marred the country’s political transition discredits this. Based on a twenty-month project carried out in several regions of Indonesia, Indonesian Pluralities shows that when assessing democracy and citizenship in Indonesia today, we must examine not only elections and official politics but also the less formal yet more pervasive processes of social recognition at work. The contributors demonstrate that in fact citizen ethics are not static discourses but living traditions that co-evolve in relation to broader patterns of politics, gender, religious resurgence and ethnicity in society.

Co-publication: University of Notre Dame Press and ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

ISEAS edition licensed from the University of Notre Dame Press by arrangement with Indiana University Press.

Contents

Indonesian Pluralities: Islam, Citizenship, and Democracy [Whole Publication], by Robert W Hefner, Zainal Abidin Bagir, editors
Preliminary pages
1. The Politics and Ethics of Social Recognition and Citizenship in a Muslim-Majority Democracy, by Robert W Hefner, author
2. Scaling Plural Coexistence in Manado: What Does It Take to Remain Brothers?, by Erica M Larson, author
3. Reimagining Tradition and Forgetting Plurality: Religion, Tourism, and Cultural Belonging in the Banda Islands, Maluku, by Kelli Swazey, author
4. Scaling against Pluralism: Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia and Islamist Opposition to Pancasila Citizenship, by Mohammad Iqbal Ahnaf, author
5. “Enough Is Enough”: Scaling Up Peace in Postconflict Ambon, by Marthen Tahun, author
6. Gender Contention and Social Recognition in Muslim Women’s Organizations in Yogyakarta, by Alimatul Qibtiyah, author
7. Religion, Democracy, and Citizenship, Twenty Years after Reformasi, by Zainal Abidin Bagir, author
Works Cited
Contributors
Index

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