Menchik in WaPo on Tolerance Without Liberalism


Jeremy Menchik, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Fredrick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, was referenced in a recent article on the defeat of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) in Jakarta’s gubernatorial election and subsequent sentencing of Ahok for allegedly insulting Islam.

Menchik’s idea of “tolerance without liberalism” was referenced in a June 1, 2017 article in the Washington Post entitled “Indonesian Politics has Been Rocked by Two Big Developments. Now What’s Next?

From the text of the article:

In an important recent contribution to the study of religion and politics, political scientist Jeremy Menchik calls this tolerance without liberalism. This phrase denotes a situation in which diversity exists and is sincerely valued, but without the concomitant acceptance of the rights of individuals to criticize other faiths, or to follow “deviationist” religious traditions (such as Shiite Islam in Indonesia). Diversity, in other words, must not threaten social order.

Jeremy Menchik’s research interests include comparative politics, religion and politics, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. He is also the author of Islam and Democracy in Indonesia: Tolerance Without Liberalism. At Boston University he is a member of the graduate faculty of political science and coordinates the MAIA program with specialization in Religion and International Affairs.